About CCinRJ Network

Catholic Connections: A Restorative Justice Network in Canada

Pope Washes Youth Feet in Jail with CaptionToday you will be with me in paradise” are the words of Jesus to one criminal crucified next to him on the cross. Imagine the crowds of victims of this gentleman’s crime and bystanders who hear Jesus’s saving words to a convicted criminal.  We can imagine their anger, bitterness and pain.

Following in Jesus’ footsteps, our Catholic Community seeks to help restore wounded lives after the devastation of crime.

Catholic Connections: A Restorative Justice Network in Canada is an initiative to identify, gather and grow the community of Catholics who are currently involved in ministry to persons and families touched by crime.

This type of ministry can take many forms: visiting a jail or prison, assisting ex-inmates directly or indirectly with integration back into the community, or providing outreach to families and victims impacted by crime.

You can  click here to “Join Us”  and become a part of “Catholic Connections: A Restorative Justice Network in Canada.”

No commitment is made upon registration. The network will allow us to start to work collaboratively and moving forward as a Catholic Community.

Please take a moment to sign up and become part of the Catholic Restorative Justice movement in Canada.

Sincerely, in Communion;

Most Rev. Gary M. Gordon

Bishop Liason to Correctional Ministry in Canada for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop


3 thoughts on “About CCinRJ Network

  1. Patrick Bestall

    I don’t like the word “justice” in the name. Justice is harsh and judgemental. I have been involved helping ex-offenders for most of my life and “love” is the big word that guides me. I think “criminals” don’t like the “justice” system either.

    1. deaconmike Post author

      Thanks for your comment and concern about the word “justice” especially since it has become a word filled with harshness and judgement. We have actually spent time as a community on the vary discussion you highlight above. When we decided upon the name for the network, which came about after some long debates, we landed upon the term “Restorative Justice” because it is one that has some history of its own and is perhaps one of the best ways to describe an alternative to the word “Justice” on its own. As a community we want to help recapture the word and put the emphasis on restoration vs. punishment.

      “Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender.”

      “Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.”

      Even these definitions seem lacking in what it is we hope to do as a community. I think your term “love” is at the heart of what we hope we can bring as a Catholic Community to those touched by crime. Thanks for being a part of the dialogue and please keep in touch.

  2. Christopher Sabili

    I would like to volunteer in the prison ministry. I am a Registered Social Worker in OASWSSW with good standing. How can I help?


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