Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Certificate in Restorative Justice Ministry

The IPS Restorative Justice Ministry Certificate 2020 is a virtual program that provides theological foundations and practical strategies for expanding or creating diocesan and parish-based Restorative Justice and prison ministries in your area.

Participants will be able to:

  •  Explore theological and legal backgrounds of restorative justice as well as develop ministerial skills for restorative justice and prison ministry.

  • Encounter mental health professionals, 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.

  • Enhance their understanding of the social contexts as well as the mental, physical, and spiritual health needs of the community, especially of vulnerable communities.

  • Be resourced to create restorative justice practices and ministries, which will more holistically respond to poverty, illness, injustice, punishment, and retribution with Mercy and Love.

The program consists of four on-line modules via zoom for four consecutive Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:15 pm and from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central time zone.  Participation in both morning and evening sessions is required.

Oct 21, Module I:

Restorative Justice in Chicago, Overview of the Criminal Justice System

Oct 28, Module II:

The 2020 Crisis and its Impact on Individual & Community, Spiritual, & Mental Health

Nov 4, Module III:

Racism, Poverty & Incarceration/The Response of Catholic Social Teaching

Nov 11, Module IV:




If you would like to contribute to Restorative Justice 2020 to bring this program to more people, please feel free to write a check payable to Loyola University Chicago; write in the memo section IPS-RJ 2020. Send the check through US Postal Service to Loyola University Chicago, P.O. Box 777323, Chicago, Illinois 60677-9056.

IPS Students, IPS Alum, RJ Alum, and Chicago, IL area participants may qualify for a discount.  Please contact Mirta Garcia at 312-915-7466 mgarcia29@luc.edu  for additional information.