Resources

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters

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A Practical Approach for Connecting with Youth in Conflict

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters offers a penetrating portrayal of the rootlessness of many of today s youth and a powerful, four-step plan for reaching them. This resource is based on the best research and practice available on positive youth development. Part one of the book discusses the nature of the problem, while part two presents a fresh model for reclaiming our prodigal sons and daughters using four steps, including cultivating trust through reparenting, cultivating competence through redirecting, cultivating responsibility through reconciling, and cultivating commitment through redeeming. The unique feature of Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters is its accent on the spiritual dimension of contemporary youth problems and on the role that members of faith communities can play in reclaiming youth in conflict. The book makes a strong case that we fail to meet all of a young person s needs unless we nurture their spiritual dimension.

Centre for Justice & Reconciliation 02

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Mission

The Centre for Justice & Reconciliation is internationally recognized as experts on the use of restorative justice.

Our mission is to develop and promote restorative justice in criminal justice systems around the world. We are convinced that restorative justice is an important contemporary expression of timeless standards of justice. While operating within the Christian tradition, we find common ground and collaborate with people from all backgrounds and traditions.

Peacemaking Circles – From Conflict to Community

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About the Book

In this ground-breaking book, the authors outline both the spirit and the structures that make up the peacemaking Circle process as it is used in communities, schools, correctional settings, and in healing many other kinds of harms. Many stories of healing which have taken place in Circle settings are included, as well as observations from those who have been facilitating Circles for years.

Sisters of the Precious Blood

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Mission

Urged by the redeeming love of Jesus the Christ and rooted in Eucharistic prayer, we Sisters of the Precious Blood proclaim God’s love by being a life-giving, reconciling presence in our fractured world.

Founded in Switzerland in 1834 by Maria Anna Brunner, we are an active apostolic congregation devoted to Eucharistic prayer and motivated by the redeeming love of Jesus. Empowered by Eucharist, we minister where the needs of the time call us. Our Sisters minister in the United States, Chile and Guatemala. We rely on the special gifts and talents of each of our Sisters to advocate for justice; provide voices for the unheard, hope to the hopeless, and light to those living in darkness.

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon

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We, the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, for more than 170 years, found our mission in the Catholic Church. Rooted in the Eucharist and personal prayer, we strive to continue the mission of Jesus and to experience Christ’s redeeming presence as we affirm and empower one another and those we serve.

The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon serve those in need through education, art, music, care of the elderly, social services, healthcare, parish and pastoral ministry, prayer, presence, and many other ways.

Missionaries of the Precious Blood

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We are a Society of Apostolic Life with both ordained and lay members (Brothers) and lay associates. We share a common mission of service to the Church, live a community life, and are sustained by a spirituality of the Blood of Christ. It is these three pillars – mission, community, and spirituality – which support our life and work together.

Mission

The C.PP.S. continues St. Gaspar’s ministry of the Word by preaching renewal and conversion through missions and retreats. They bring that love of God also to parishes, schools, hospitals, and prisons. As missionaries they work where the Church needs them most, and where the Good News has not been heard.

Adorers of the Blood of Christ

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We are the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a vowed religious community of Roman Catholic women who were founded in 1834 as a teaching order by the Italian, St. Maria De Mattias, in the small town of Acuto Italy. Worldwide, we are 2,000 women strong, including 200+ in the U.S.

 

Peace and Education Coalition

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Mission

The mission of the Peace and Education Coalition (PEC) is to foster relationships between local community stakeholders. The Coalition members work to create a united vision to help neighborhood children, especially those trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. The Coalition serves at-risk and high-risk youth by promoting peace and education in the Back of the Yards, New City community. We strive to guide our children with hope, a future and opportunities to reach their potential.

Second Chance High School

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The Peace and Education Coalition Alternative High School Program, Second Chance High School, provides a non-traditional educational opportunity for out-of-school youth, ages 16-21, who desire to achieve a high school diploma and a new chance to fully participate in the economic and social spheres of life through guidance and support. We believe that all students deserve to be surrounded by adults who believe in their unlimited, personal potential. We believe that every student deserves an educational environment that is welcoming and safe. We believe that every child deserves rich educational, career, and social-emotional guidance and support in order to define the pathways to the options he or she chooses.

Community Justice for Youth Institute

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Mission

The mission of the Community Justice for Youth Institute is to build community capacity to resolve youth crime and conflict through restorative justice training, technical assistance, and advocacy.

Core Values

  • Community Justice for Youth Institute values
  • Responding to youth crime by addressing the harm and meeting the needs of youth, victims and communities
  • Engaging communities in the resolution of conflicts involving their youth
  • Advocating for youth to have access to resources and opportunities to reach their full potential
  • Helping to build strong community relationships as a means to keep communities safe