NOVEMBER 6, 2016 - VIA VATICAN RADIO
Pope's Homily for Jubilee of Prisoners
On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Jubilee of Prisoners in St Peter's Basilica, telling those present, "by learning from past mistakes, you can open a new chapter of your lives." Read full article here.
AUGUST 13, 2016 - VIA ANGELUS NEWS
This month, Angelus News has published an in-depth look at overcrowded prisons in their 'Prison on Parole' Issue, which features JRJI's Fr. Mike Kennedy, Bobby Garcia, and others. We invite you to read it and learn more about the effects of mass incarceration and how we can respond to Pope Francis' invitation to 'take seriously the pain of its children', especially those on the margins, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
READ IT HERE: Editor's Note: Our 'Prison on Parole' Issue by JD Long-Garcia
MAY 29, 2016: FR. MIKE'S 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATION
On May 29th, several members and friends of the JRJI community gathered to celebrate Fr. Mike's 50th jubilee as a member of the Society of Jesus. We invite you to read this article which highlights Fr. Mike and his work in pastoral ministry throughout the years.
VIA ANGELUS NEWS:
'Hey, Reverend': Father Mike Kennedy: Jesuit serves body of Christ for 50 years
By R.W. Dellinger
APRIL 22, 2016 - Check out our new blog post: "Everything is Grace" by Dr. Bill Smith
MARCH 4, 2016 - A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MIKE KENNEDY, SJ:
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has demonstrated through several encounters with prisoners from all over the world, that he keeps them close to his heart and in prayer. Moved by these moments of compassion, a young man (Carlos) incarcerated at Sylmar Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, wrote to the Pope asking for forgiveness and mercy for his mistakes.
Amazingly, he received a reply from Pope Francis himself in the form of a letter, which brought hope to many other young people who are locked up. CNN did a story on this great event and we invite you to read it and watch a short video about Carlos's journey to transformation, healing and hope, which reminds us of God's unconditional love and compassion for all people.
We are grateful to be a part of this, the collective work of chaplains, volunteers and prison reform advocates who provide many hidden moments of service to those who are in our overcrowded jails and prisons.
We are grateful to our Holy Father and the deep movement of the Spirit.
Father Mike Kennedy, SJ and the JRJI Team
VIA CNN NEWS:
Pope Replies To Letter From Juvenile Inmate In Los Angeles
By Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado
Los Angeles (CNN) - Convicted juvenile Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr. lost the will to live at age 16 as he began serving an 11-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
Then he wrote a letter to Pope Francis. "I asked for forgiveness for what I did," Vazquez told CNN en Español in an interview inside juvenile jail. To his surprise, the Pontiff wrote back. [ READ MORE... ]
2016 UPCOMING EVENTS
December 5: Retreat at Kern Valley State Prison
December 12-13: Retreat at High Desert State Prison
December 17: Sylmar Juvenile Hall Christmas Party
December 20: Retreat at California State Prison, LA County (LAC)
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. Filmed by The Ignatian News Network (2012).
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