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Archdiocese of SF expands their ministry services

June 19, 2018

The Archdiocese of San Francisco
Office and Human Life and Dignity - Restorative Justice Ministry
        One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco CA 94109-6602 • Office / Fax (415) 614-5572

The Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry is overjoyed to announce two new expansion ministry services.

As you know Rev. René Iturbe, S.M. joined the Restorative Justice Ministry in January 2018 as a full time Chaplain with the objective to support our mission serving our brothers and sisters behind bars in San Francisco County jails.  Rev. René Iturbe, S.M. is the former Pastor of Notre Dame des Victoires church in San Francisco, he not only cares for the Catholic inmates but takes the time to listen to all other Non-Catholic inmates needing and wanting to have somebody to listen to them with their spiritual needs.  In San Francisco there are approximately 1000 inmates including women.

In June Rev. René Iturbe, S.M. began our ministry goal serving our brothers and sisters in Marin County jails.  He will be spending his time in Marin County jails serving in the same capacity as in San Francisco County jails.   In Marin County there are approximately 350 inmates including women, by the end of the year we will add a mid-week scripture service with four new volunteers as well. 

On the outside doing time together. As the overuse of jail becomes more common—although the majority of people are held there pretrial and presumed innocent—its growing impact extends to the children, families, and communities outside its bars, people who must also manage the financial, economic, and emotional effects. For example, according some studies more than 1.1 million men and 120,000 women in U.S. jails and prisons have children under the age of 17 and 2.7 million children nationwide have one or both parents behind bars.

To support kids and families with people in custody including those incarcerated by ICE as more families are being detained now, we have created two sponsored Archdiocese of San Francisco – Restorative Justice Ministry - Support Groups led by impacted families, volunteers, parishioners and Pastors at the following locations:

St. Paul of Shipwreck in San Francisco

122 Jamestown Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Pastor: Rev. Dan Carter

 

English and Spanish Prisoner’s Family Support Group:
Volunteers:

  • Desiree Pascual-Vezzali
  • Michael Pascual-Vezzali
  • Kathy O'Brien
  • June Donley
  • Deacon Larry Chatmon
  • Loretta Chatmon
  • Angela Kray
  • Julio Escobar

The first Prisoner’s Family Support Group meeting will be held in San Francisco August 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul of Shipwreck.

St. Anthony of Padua in San Mateo, Menlo Park   

3500 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Pastor: Rev. Fabio Medina

 

Spanish Speaking Prisoner’s Family Support Group:
Volunteers:

  • Jose Ramirez
  • Carmen Ramirez
  • Amanda Sibirian
  • Walter Sibiran
  • Esperanza Deras
  • Marilinda Fajardo
  • Julio Escobar

Meet above volunteers: https://sfarchdiocese.org/rjministry-masses-on-behalf-of-prisoners-and-their-families

Marin County TBA.

The above groups will participate and support monthly Prisoner’s Family Support Group meetings, Retreats, Masses, Community Dinners, Reentry Conference and Resource Fair and other special events including one on one meetings with families.  Formerly incarcerated are welcome to join the support groups.

How you can get involved.  You can volunteer with the Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry. To learn more about how you can involve, visit https://www.sfarchdiocese.org/rjministry, and complete our volunteer form https://www.sfarchdiocese.org/rjministry-volunteer-information.

Or support the Restorative Justice Ministry Annual Community Recognition Award Dinner June 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Please purchase benefit tickets to attend (donate tickets) by calling 1-800-838-3006 ext. 1, or go online https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3366020

  • You will enjoy this evening with Renee Bondi – Special guest speaker and singer
    • A professional Christian singer and teacher of choral music at her hometown high school in San Juan Capistrano, California, Renée and her fiancé, Mike were living what she called “the good life”. Then, two months prior to their wedding in 1988, a freak accident left Renée paralyzed from the neck down.  Told she would never walk or sing again, Renée remained faithful to Christ while adapting to life in a wheelchair.  Determined to live her life for the Lord, Renée made the best of her condition, exercising her diaphragm until in 1992 she realized she could sing again! A gifted Christian singer before and after her accident, Renée uses her dynamic speaking ability to share her victorious story, capturing the audience with her angelic voice, music and message.  Renée is involved in prison ministry at her local correctional facility and with other prison ministries in Southern California.
  • You will also enjoy the Bay Area’s best Gospel Choir; Inspirational Voices of Shipwreck 
  • You will meet the volunteer movers and shakers, lay and clergy, specially invited San Quentin State Prison Catholics serving there, amazing community leaders and supporters
  • You will enjoy Old Skool Café cooking
    • Old Skool Cafe - Breaking bread and building community together through food that satisfies hunger and soothes the soul. Food Industry. Headquartered in Bayview/Hunter’s Point, Old Skool Cafe is a youth-run, jazz-themed supper club to serve youth as an intensive real-world vocational training ground, employment incubator, supportive cohort, income generator, and connection point with a larger community that champions their success. https://www.oldskoolcafe.org/

Visit: https://www.sfarchdiocese.org/rjministry-communityrecognition, and for more information please contact:

Julio Escobar
(415) 614-5572

Restorative Justice Ministry, a ministry of presence– www.sfarchdiocese.org/rjministry/