Fred LaPuzza, Director, Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry for the Diocese of Orange, has become an official member of the Orange County Prop 47 Committee. This group determines where $6 million in implementation funds for the law will be allocated.
Gabriel Ramirez, 61, was attacked and killed in the middle of the afternoon on January 5. Last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone led a prayer service on the same street in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood where he was killed. The archbishop prayed to "soften the hearts of those who attacked Gabriel" and that the city be freed of violence as he sprinkled holy water on the concrete sidewalk.
The newly formed organization, Healing Dialogue and Action, announced today that a Day of Empathy will be held on March 1, 2017, in Sacramento, California. This gathering will serve as a special opportunity for families of murder victims, families of incarcerated people serving extreme sentences, formerly incarcerated individuals, and restorative justice advocates to come together in solidarity.
The Veterans Home of California - Yountville is a 1,000 person facility that is in need of a full time Catholic chaplain, and the preference is a priest for this population. The facility is the largest of its kind in the United States and has a population of 1,200 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Efforts to revive the death penalty in California were dealt another blow late last month when a state agency tasked with reviewing regulatory changes rejected a proposed new lethal injection protocol. The decision by the Office of Administrative Law came one day after the California Supreme Court blocked implementation of Proposition 66, an initiative passed by voters in November to expedite capital punishment, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
The Restorative Ministry of The Archdiocese of San Francisco is joining with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department of Religious Services and other Faith Leaders to host twice monthly days of prayer at the County Jail #5 in San Bruno.
Chaplin Sam Smolinisky announced today that Father Greg Boyle will spend a day with inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Fa. Boyle will celebrate Mass in A & B Chapels, walk the housing in A Yard and the solitary confinement units (SHU and Ad-Seg).
The PICO National Network has launched Faith in the Valley, a new organizing effort that consolidates five multiracial, multi-faith PICO federations. Faith in the Valley will build on work accomplished over the past 15 years in five counties of California's Central Valley: Fresno, Merced, Kern, Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
When Mass held last Christmas for ICE detainees at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, the Diocese of Sacramento was just beginning a renewed effort to support and strengthen its prison ministry. Only five men chose to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation so they could receive Communion.
Yesterday the California Supreme Court stayed implementation of Proposition 66, the voter-approved law intended to speed up California’s fractured death penalty system. The new law will not take effect while a court considers a lawsuit from its opponents.