Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Certificate in Restorative Justice Ministry


The IPS Restorative Justice Ministry Certificate program is a weeklong intensive that uses Loyola University Chicago and the City of Chicago as its classroom. This residential intensive provides theology and practical strategies for expanding or creating diocesan and parish-based Restorative Justice prison ministries in your area. Participants encounter theology, legal practice, ministry, health services, and on-the-ground persons and organizations who work to educate and lift up the mind, body, and spirit of incarcerated individuals, their families, and victims of crime. Participants will learn to better understand the social contexts as well as the mental, physical, and spiritual health needs of the community. Participants will be resourced to create restorative justice practice and ministries which replace poverty, illness, injustice, punishment, and retribution with the Mercy and Love of Christ.

Plans are being made to offer this program again in fall 2019. Check with our office for future details.

See the 2018 weeklong program schedule here:

Find out more about this program from Catholic Extension

Read what participants have to say about the IPS Restorative Justice Ministry Certificate Program