Office of Restorative Justice/Catholic Detention Ministry
We live the Gospel message of Jesus
by serving those affected by the criminal justice system;
offender, victim, their families and their communities.
Interested in Learning About Us or Joining Us?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or are just interested in learning more about our ministry, please consider attending one of our Overview Presentations.
Click here to see available dates and to schedule yourself to attend the Overview.
If you would like us to conduct our presentation at your parish or event, please call us at 714 634-9909.
Philosophy and Goals
Catholic Detention Ministry (CDM) responds to the Gospel mandate of visiting the imprisoned. The role of the Detention Ministers within the detention facilities is to focus on the spiritual care and nurturing of prisoners as well as to provide the best possible religious activities within a Christian setting.
Our mission is to communicate the Good News of God’s unconditional love to those incarcerated. We affirm each person, not necessarily their behavior, and invite them to grow as sons and daughters of God. We recognize that we ourselves will be called to deeper conversion through our interactions with those in detention. We strive to do our work beginning at the institution and extending to the church outside. We recognize our responsibility to educate those who have not experienced the offender as a valuable individual. We see our mission not as an act of charity but as a living of the central mission of the Gospel.