Gonzalo De Vivero is the Director of the Office of Restorative Justice for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He oversees the Chaplains' Ministry, which provides religious services and addresses the spiritual needs of men, women, and juveniles incarcerated in county jails in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara; the Victims' Ministry, which provides "Help, Hope, and Healing" to victims of violent crime and their families; and Families of the Incarcerated Ministry, whose mission is to support the entire family when a loved one is imprisoned and restore communities grappling with crime and the effects of the criminal justice system.
Gonzalo began his Restorative Justice service as a volunteer. In 1995, by the grace of God, he was hired as a Chaplain at the Pitchess Detention Center's North Facility in 1997, a medium security jail that housed roughly 1,200 men. Through his ministry, he recognized that these men were often desperate to improve themselves but fearful of religion. Working with other Chaplains, volunteers, and religious scholars, he developed a recovery program not only to help address the low self-esteem but also the alcohol and substance abuse issues that had played a significant role in the men's incarceration but to welcome them to Catholicism as a better way to live.
His Finding the Way programs have been embraced and supported by Sheriff's Department officers and are now offered in all ministries of the Office of Restorative Justice. He strongly believes, and evidence supports, that addressing the alcohol and substance abuse and addiction separate from criminal behaviors is essential to ease reentry and family reunification, reduce recidivism, uplift communities, and complete reconciliation.
He was name Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice in 2014 and Director in 2016. With a background in bookkeeping and finance, Gonzalo takes his fiscal stewardship as seriously as his ministries.