Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network: Panel Discussion with Cardinal Cupich

February 21, 2024

Time 4:30 pm 

Location: The Athenaeum

The Hank Center is proud to support Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network, a much needed initiative created by the Honorable Thomas More Donnelly– Cook County Judge, Loyola Law Faculty, and Board Member at the Hank Center. Judge Donnelly will engage a panel of experts–including Cardinal Cupich and Jeannie Bishop–on this central movement and mandate of Restorative Justice. We joined our friends at Lumen Christi (who convened this conversation) and our friends at the Historic Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture at St. Alphonsus Ligouri (who hosted it). This event was by invitation only. If interested, please contact the Hank Center for more information.

Post-Event Report: Heidi Schlumpf of NCR: "'Less than a person': Formerly incarcerated people say system needs healing"


Meet the Panelists



Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Cardinal Cupich is an American prelate, and serves as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 



Honorable Thomas More Donnelly

Tom serves as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He is assigned to the Law Division, Trial Section. Sworn in as a judge in 2000, he currently hears civil jury trials, after having presided over criminal jury trials from 2008 to 2009. He has presided over several hundred jury trials. He chairs the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees, the Illinois Supreme Court’s educational arm, responsible for the training of Illinois judges and those who assist judges in the court system, including probation officers, court clerks, guardians ad litem, trial court administrators, and law clerks. Tom serves on the Advisory Board of Loyola’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.  He has spoken at many Hank Center presentations at both the Lakeshore and Water Tower campuses.



Jeanne Bishop

Jeanne Bishop is a public defender, human rights advocate, writer, speaker, teacher and mom. Since the 1990 murders of her sister Nancy Bishop Langert, brother-in-law and their unborn baby, Jeanne has advocated for forgiveness and reconciliation, violence prevention and reform of the criminal justice system to make it more merciful.
She is the author of Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer. (Westminster John Knox Press 2015) and Grace From the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing (Zondervan 2020).