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:
JUNE 10, 2016 - VIA ANGELUS NEWS (THE TIDINGS ONLINE)
'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, CNN
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
June 7th: Retreat at Kern Valley State Prison
June 21st - 25th: Retreat at Pelican Bay State Prison
June 28th: Retreat at Calipatria State Prison
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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