Life as a Death Row Chaplain

April 16, 2014National Catholic Reporter has published a fascinating interview with Fr. George Williams, a Jesuit priest who is the chaplain to San Quentin's 750 men on death row. Williams describes his ministry with these words, "My job isn't to fix them or undo the damage they've done. I see my work as offering them a path for healing of their souls, to make peace with themselves and with God." Read the full interview >>

Young People Tell Their Stories to Build RJ Awareness During Juvenile Justice Month

April 9, 2014 – March was filled with opportunites for incarcerated youth, chaplains, religious leaders, high school and college students to share life experiences and learn about restorative justice issues. During the month, groups visited juvenile hall and young people impacted by the juvenile justice system spoke at high schools and colleges. “It is a transformative experience when people have an opportunity to get to know the youth inside juvenile hall, or listen to the stories of formerly incarcerated youth." says Javier Stauring, RJ Director in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "What I hear from them over and over again is ‘they remind me of my own kids,’ or ‘he's not that different than me.’” Read the news story >>

For more information, contact Javier Stauring at (213) 438-4820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Catholic Dioceses in California Observe Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014

April 2, 2014 – Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12, 2014. This annual event was established in 1981 and draws attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime. Pope Francis has said, “With the Cross, Jesus unites himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless…”

Download the full press release >>

It's Almost Time to Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus event
March 3, 2014 –
Parishes around the state of California are preparing for very special Mothers and Fathers Day events. Each year an organization called Get on the Bus helps children make visits to their parents who are in prison. The paperwork and logistics are daunting, but Sr. Suzanne Jabro and her team never give up. The healing, joy and tears these days bring to moms, dads and children make every hurdle worth it.

Download the 2014 schedule and GOTB contact list >>

For more information, contact Hilary Carson at GOTB, (818) 980-7714 x12, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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