Webinar: Harm, Healing, & Human Dignity: Catholics in the Restorative Justice Movement

When:  20 November, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (Eastern standard time)

Guests: Caitlin Morneau, Ryan Lents and Schoene Mahmood

Host: Howard Zehr



Throughout its development in the United States, Catholic individuals and ministries have been a part of the restorative justice movement. For the last decade, Catholic Mobilizing Network has been working to further educate Catholics about the principles and practices of restorative justice through its advocacy to end the death penalty. This webinar will explore opportunities to engage communities of faith in promoting restorative justice along with specific avenues and resources for collaborating with Catholic parishes and ministries.

Guest Bios

caitlin morneau

Caitlin Morneau serves as Director of Restorative Justice at Catholic Mobilizing Network where she oversees development of programs that promote awareness and use of restorative practices among Catholic communities. Caitlin is motivated in this work by the expansive potential of restorative justice as a spirituality and way of life. Caitlin holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and served on the Board of Directors at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, WV. She co-authored the preface of Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice with Howard Zehr and adapted this work into the faith formation guide Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice.  Caitlin lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, toddler, and black lab.


ryan lentsRyan Lents is the Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this capacity, he works with parishes and people of faith on a wide range of initiatives, including justice education and programming, advocacy, and fostering collaboration between local, state, and national organizations working on issues of Catholic Social Teaching. Ryan graduated from Catholic Theological Union in 2018 with an MA in Justice Ministry, with an emphasis on racial justice, reconciliation, and peacebuilding. Ryan also serves on the leadership team of Chicago ROAR, a regional program of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, as well as the Board of Directors for the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors. He and his family reside in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.



schoene mahmoodSchoene Mahmood brings 16 years of experience in Restorative Justice Practices and serves as the Program Manager of the Restorative Justice Project at Center for Urban Resilience at Loyola Marymount University. She provides Restorative Practices trainings including on-going skill-building workshops for K-12 public and parochial school community members. Most recently, she has introduced Restorative Practices to the Loyola Marymount University community, extending the reach to higher-education stakeholders. Before joining LMU CURes, Schoene facilitated 400+ juvenile suspension, expulsion, arrest, and court-diversion cases referred by the Maryland State’s Attorney’s office, the Department of Juvenile Services, the Baltimore City Police Department, and Baltimore City Public Schools with the Community Conferencing Center (now called Restorative Responses Baltimore).