EVENT: Launch of V-CoS: Victim Circles of Support Program
Kamloops Bishop speaking at Victim Circles of Support Forum
Catholic Charities Justice Services is proud to announce the Launch of its new program: Victim Circles of Support (V-CoS). Come learn from our speakers, including special guest speaker Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops, and be a part of the discussions as we reach out to victims of crime. In conjunction with Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 – The Power of our Voices, our forum will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9am–4pm, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 8750 204th Street, Langley.
Lunch and parking are included. Free admission but limited seating! This event is funded through the Department of Justice Victims Fund. For more info or to RSVP (deadline: May 27) contact Germaine Solaiman, CCJS Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 604-307-8481 or Maureen Donegan, CCJS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-791-1864.
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Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCJS) coordinator Maureen Donegan, at the Archdiocese of Vancouver, provides prison ministry programming in collaboration with Prison Chaplains for offenders in our prisons.
Many volunteers from our visit to offenders inside the prison and support to released offenders through community support groups.
Our volunteers are committed to ministering to help our brothers and sisters to “redeem, restore and reconcile” their lives. Watch this video to hear testimony from a released offender, volunteer and coordinator of Prison Ministry Maureen Donegan.
We invite you to also join the Restorative Justice Network in Canada to become a part of “Catholic Connections: A Restorative Justice Network in Canada.”
To learn more about Prison Ministry, please contact Maureen Donegan 604-791-1864.
To download a brochure, click here.
Catholic Charities Justice Services of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver builds an educated Christ-centred community that upholds the dignity of every human person touched by crime.
Serve together to rediscover the fullness of God’s love and image in each other through:
- Inspired Worship and Program
- Meaningful Visitation and Enhanced Volunteer Presence
- Effective Support Groups
- Education for Study/Teaching
- Supportive Re-integration
- Promote and Advocate Restorative Justice
Archbishop J. Michael Miller’s Priorities for prison ministry
- Extended Pastoral Care – to victims, offenders and the families of both in our parishes
- Work with Media – work with media to tell stories which portray successful efforts of rehabilitation and restoration
- Foster Education – in our schools and parishes – for better understanding of our Church’s social teaching principles
- Address Public Policy Issues – become involved in civil society and advocate for policies that reflect Christian truth and values
- Extend Prison Ministry to Families of Offenders and Victims – extend our reach to those who are victims of crime and their loved ones in our parishes
In Canada, individuals sentenced to a prison term of two years or more serve their time at federal facilities. Of the nine (9) federal prisons in the Pacific Region of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), eight (8) are located within the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Learn more about the Prison Chaplains.
Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
CST is the foundation of our work in Prison Ministry. To learn more about CST, please feel free to download a presentation by Dr. Christine Jones, President of Catholic Redeemer College.
Read about Sister Antonia Brenner, the ‘Prison Angel’.