MARCH IS JUVENILE JUSTICE MONTH OF FAITH & HEALING
JJMFH is an annual event that unites congregations of all faith traditions and educational institutions in California to raise awareness of individual, community, and social needs arising from the current juvenile justice system. You can participate in this event through prayer, education, service or advocacy to provide hope for children in the justice system. To learn more about JJMFH and what you could do in your community, please click here.
MARCH 14, 2015 - Catholic News Agency
Holy See's hospital works to help inmates re-enter society
By Andrea Gagliarducci
A reflection by Doris Benavides, JRJI's Director of Operations
Calipatria, California - February 24, 2015
It is past 7:30 on a Tuesday morning. The sky is blue, day is pristine bright, and the pasture is as green as it can be. The road very narrow, and the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Team’s car is the only one traveling through the deserted, yet green scenery.
Then we spot some sheep. We all got happy, not a very common picture when you’re heading to a prison. It was the answer to Manny’s question the night before. “What do people do for a living in this town?” asked the Jesuit novice. At 7pm Brawley was a ghost town. “Could it be that most of the people who live here work at the prison?” Calipatria State Prison that is.
“They look young,” said one in the car about the sheep. “Lamb chops mmmm,” quipped another. “But… where’s the shepherd?” said a third one---there was no person to be seen.
It seemed we were describing the population we were about to meet.
“Growing up in a poor home was not easy, of course you don’t have all the cool things the other kids have. The toys, the clothes, the shoes, or those cool lunches they bring to school: The lunchable. I know I always wanted one,” wrote Miguel on his writing “Poverty Sucks,” product of a previous retreat.
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March 5: Retreat at Kern Valley State Prison
March 16: Retreat Ironwood State Prison
March 24: Retreat at Calipatria State Prison
March 29: Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Mike Kennedy, SJ: Healing Broken Relationships
filmed by The IN Network (2012)
Take a ride with Fr. Michael Kennedy, SJ, the Executive Director of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative in Culver City, CA and learn the way JRJI operates in order to restore relationships broken as a result of gang violence and incarceration.