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Director of Restorative Justice
Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry
flapuzza@rcbo.org
(714) 282-4261

Diocese of Orange
13280 Chapman Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: (714) 282-3000

https://www.rcbo.org/group/restore/

Fred LaPuzza

Fred LaPuzza is the Director for the Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry, Catholic Diocese of Orange.  Fred has been ministering to incarcerated populations in the O.C. Jails and Juvenile Detention Facilities for the past 29 years.  He began as a volunteer and was hired as Adult Facility Coordinator in 2003.  In 2013 he was offered the Director position.  Prior to his current position, Fred served as a parish Youth Minister and  on the Youth Ministry Advisory Board for the Diocese.  Fred received a Certificate in Biblical Studies and an Advanced Level Master Catechist Certification from the Institute for Pastoral Ministry, Diocese of Orange.  He is a recipient of the O.C. Violence Prevention Coalition’s Ambassador of Peace Award for his work in Detention Ministry and Street Gang Intervention. Fred is certified in Substance Abuse Prevention through Community Service Programs and spent 15 years as a Lay Missionary with the community of Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, serving the most poor and abandoned in O.C. and Tijuana Mexico barrios. 

Key accomplishments since time of employment:

  • Developed a volunteer email data base designed to create a more effective and cost efficient system of communication with our volunteers
  • Developed ministry web site
  • Created volunteer training curriculum recognized and accepted by the Institute for Pastoral Ministry as part of their diocesan ministry formation certification program
  • Formed relational bridges and partnerships with local law enforcement, correctional administration and numerous community agencies to build capacity and leverage resources needed to better assist the populations we serve
  • Co-founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s “Lights On Program”, assisting inmates released from jail onto the streets during the night hours
  • Initiated community and parish Restorative Justice Programs through CCHD funding that have become self-sustaining and continue to successfully serve the needs of our communities that as a result increase public safety

The success of our programs has influenced the attitudes of local corrections resulting in the diversion of resources and funding into restorative justice practices