Victims of crime often find forgiveness too raw to reach; the sense of injustice outweighing the act of turning one’s cheek. For the perpetrator, the sense of injustice is equally strong; living in a world beyond one’s control, where societal standards hold no applicable meaning. Restorative justice seeks to balance the judicial scales with an organized approach and open dialogue between the victim and the criminal in achieving resolution between the two and creating harmony within the community.
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November 10, 2021
3:00 PM (CST)
Sister Kathleen Eggering, SSND
Schoolteacher and Counselor, Chaplain
Sister Kathleen holds a master’s degree in school counseling and is a longtime advocate for youth, having spent more than 30 years in elementary education as a teacher and school counselor. After 12 years as a high school counselor, Sister Kathleen began ministering as a chaplain to incarcerated youth, whom she lovingly calls her “treasures.” She remains active in this ministry.
Sister Janet Ryan, OSF
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Sister Janet Ryan is a Clinton, Iowa, Franciscan ministering at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation on Chicago’s South Side. Her ministry is one of restorative justice and nonviolence. She also tutors high school students. Sister Janet enjoys biking the short distance from her home to her ministry and Lake Michigan.
Born in Texas, Jillian Palacios spent most of her life in St. Louis where she enjoyed a “normal upbringing,” she says today, until her mother’s drug addiction led to incarceration for nine years. Jillian and her sister were able to “beat the odds,” Jillian recalls, and she and her mother entered ‘Let’s Start,’ a program designed for drug addicted women and their children to amend their past and prepare them for reentry into society. The success of the program helped Jillian’s mother become a substance abuse counselor, while Jillian and her two children (ages 4 & 9) trusted God and moved back to Texas where they continue to flourish.
Today, Jillian’s mother is a substance abuse counselor, and Jillian, with “a restored faith and trust in God,” has returned to Texas with her two young children where the family “continues to flourish.”