What a Lineup! The Breakout Sessions at the National Catholic Restorative Justice Conference – Toward Justice and Healing
Criminal Justice, Institutional Harm, Peacebuilding, Racial Justice, Restorative Justice

What a Lineup! The Breakout Sessions at the National Catholic Restorative Justice Conference

Join us at the University of St Thomas School of Law in October for the first, in-person national Catholic conference on restorative justice!

The breadth of  breakout sessions topics at the National Catholic Restorative Justice Conference expands the conversation and explores the many applications of restorative practices. We are excited to welcome folks from all over the country to Minneapolis for this event. Here’s more on the 18 outstanding breakout sessions on the conference schedule.  Be sure to check out the five plenary panel sessions that will also be featured at the conference; they are listed on this blog post.

Prof. Dan Philpott, who will present a breakout session on Friday afternoon, will also present a talk titled, Eucharistic Justice: A Catholic Politics, on Wednesday, October 4th at The Basilica of Saint Mary. Everyone is welcome and registration is available at the link.

Friday, October 6th  – 10:45 am till Noon

Opening our Hearts to Truth and Healing  with Sr. Georgia Christensen, Meg Paulino, & Jane Comeau, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Getting RJ Moving Within A Parish with Andrew Prinzing, Partners in Restorative Initiatives & William Casey, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church

Synodality and Restorative Practices: Forming a Listening Church with Bobby Ehnow & Marioly Galvan, Diocese of San Diego

The Art of Resilience: Accompanying People Affected by Trauma with Fr. Dustin Feddon, Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition

From Harm to Healing: An Archdiocesan Response to Clergy Abuse  with Fr. Daniel Griffith, Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing at the University of St. Thomas School of Law & Justice & (Ret.) Janine Geske, Andrew Center for Restorative Justice at Marquette University

HEAL Humanity Now: Cultivating Change from Self to Society through Reflexive Restorative Practice. with LTomay Varlack-Butler & Darryl Varlack-Butler, Worth Justice, Inc

Friday, October 6th – 2:45 pm till 4:00 pm

Reconciliation: A Spirituality for Restorative Justice with Kevin Considine, Robert J Schreiter Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union

Eucharistic Justice and Healing with Dan Philpott, University of Notre Dame

Practicing Restoration and Integrating Social-Emotional Skills (PRAISES) with Lynne Lang, Restoration Matters & Dr. Frida Rundell, International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)

Subsidiarity and Dialogue: Engaging the Church in the Work of Criminal Justice Reform with Cecelia Klingele, University of Wisconsin Law School/ Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network (CCJRN) & Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Circuit Court of Cook County/Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network (CCJRN)

Healing and Accountability within Prison – The VOEG Model with Leonard Rubio, Insight Prison Project

Archives and Community Research: Confronting the History and Legacy of Catholic Native Boarding Schools with Allison Spies, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Gabrielle Guillerm – Mahpiya Luta (Red Cloud), & Destiny Big Crow, Mahpiya Luta (Red Cloud)

Saturday, October 7th –  11:00 am till 12:30 pm

Restorative Justice Storytelling: A Catalyst for Systemic Transformation with Katlyn Toelle, Catholic Mobilizing Network & Andrea Hug, Chaplain, Storyteller & Victim Family Member

Accompanying Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse: Lessons Learned in the Trenches with Sara Larson, Awake

Filling in the Gap in Victim-Survivors’ Legal Rights: The Right of Access to Restorative Justice with Lynn Branham, University of Missouri School of Law

A Revolution of Tenderness: Restorative Justice in Our Prisons and Pastoral Centers with Tricia Worrell, Diocese of Grand Rapids & Jayna Hoffacker, Archdiocese of Atlanta

The Transformative Power of Restorative Practices in the Digital Realm with Joel Friez, National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)

Town and Gown: A Collaborative Restorative Approach with Amber Monroe, University of Notre Dame & Ellen Williams, Take Heart, Inc.

Note: This schedule was last updated on September 14, 2023! 
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