The Office of Restorative Justice in the Archdiocese of San Francisco remembers in prayers people killed in violence. Every year they conduct memorial masses in honor of Crime Victims. This year, they will be honoring all victims and their families who suffered a violent crime in this past year of 2019. The Mass intentions will include prayers for victims of mass killings, victims of crime, their families and a special prayer for world peace. All those who have suffered a loss due to a violent crime are invited to attend the various masses planned this upcoming week.
On December 14, 2019 the NorCal Youth Program came to Pine Grove for the first time in DJJ history. Here at PGYCC youth come to serve out their remaining time on their sentence to the community of the state of California. Along with CalFire these young men risk their lives to save families, personal property, and homes by going into the fires. And during this time some of these young men go through years without having any physical contact from family members, due to lack of transportation, funds or perhaps both.
Our very own Julio Escobar, Restorative Justice Director for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, was chosen to present at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Latin American 2020 International Conference.
The Catholic State Chaplains spent the past week in Santa Cruz, CA for their Annual Retreat and Training in Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center. This was a great time for all the chaplains who work for the state in various departments and agencies across the state. Many of the chaplains present come from the State Prison systems. We were grateful to have been joined by Fr. Matt Spotts, S.J. This was a great time for prayer, spiritual renewal and community.
Wisdom Voices are five short films that recognize the tremendous wisdom, experience and spiritual insight that is invaluable to a new generation of restorative justice ministers of all kinds to inspire those who are working with people on the margins. They are for use in training new paid and volunteer chaplains, inspire and recruit new and create a legacy of prison ministry to inspire people of all faiths and intersections with restorative justice programs.
La Oficina de Dignidad y Vida Humana en la Arquidiócesis de San Francisco específicamente el Ministerio de Justicia Restaurativa, está organizando un Círculo Restaurador mensual de apoyo para aquellas personas afectadas por el encarcelamiento. Habrá dos sesiones al mes. Cada segundo jueves del mes, habrá una sesión en la en la Iglesia Católica de San Antonio de Padua en San Francisco. La segunda oportunidad será cada segundo Sábado del mes en la Iglesia Católica de San Francisco de Asís en Palo Alto. Estas sesiones son gratis y están abiertas para rezar y apoyarse mutuamente.
Deacon Fidel Carrillo, Catholic Chaplain at Northern California Youth Correctional Center in the Diocese of Stockton recently was apart of the coordinating team that made possible a special event at the youth correctional facilities in Stockton. A chartered bus made stops in Los Angeles and Fresno areas bringing families to the youth facilities to be reunited after not seeing each other for some time. Thanks to funding from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, private donations and fundraising events made this possible!
The Office of Human Life and Dignity, specifically the Restorative Justice Ministry, is hosting a monthly Restorative Circle in support of all those affected by incarceration. Every third thursday of the month, folks gather at St. Paul of the Shipwerk Catholic Church in San Francisco to pray and support each other. Families and Individuals affected by incarceration are invited to come! For more information, please see our event calendar or visit the archdiocese's website.
Orginally posted on the California Catholic Conference website.
In an exciting new venture beginning in September 2019, Santa Clara University is now offering a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries with an Emphasis in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy.
The novel program is the first MA in the country with an emphasis on restorative justice.
The Diocese of Fresno, through their Catholic Channel KNTX, started a new podcast called, "Looking at Social Justice". Jim Grant, the Restorative Justice Director, hosts this show where guests and Grant engage in conversations regarding Social Justice. This show is recording in the Diocese of Fresno and is published in various outlets including Youtube, Apple, Spotify, and other streaming services.