Restorative Justice in Catholic Schools Leads Restorative Faith Communities Nationwide

June 12, 2017
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WHAT: 2017 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute
WHERE: Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, Shrewsbury, MO 63119
WHEN: Tuesday – Thursday, June 13-15, 2017

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the 2017 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute, June 13-15, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. daily at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Drive, 63119).

Over 200 educators from 52 schools will attend this comprehensive training in VBRD, a Catholic response to bullying. This 5th annual summer institute will expand to define and identify restorative faith community life beyond schools.

Teams will be trained to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person. Parents, school personnel, and parish staff will learn ways to maintain a positive environment in which adults and youth are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence. While discipline is viewed as formative rather than punitive, the quality of all relationships becomes the greatest asset with which to build a happier, more productive community.

Sessions will include: Foundations of VBRD, Restorative Practices, Guiding Principles, Engaging Parents, and Successful Class Meetings. A Restorative Leadership track for administrators will result in establishing implementation action plans for the coming school year that extend to the community. Workshops will run in three tracks tailored to the needs of registrants from novice to expert.

Media is welcome to attend most events. Special events to note:

Tuesday, June 13
3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Community Reflection on Restorative Practices
Guest Presenter: Monsignor Jack Costello, pastor of St. Peter Parish, Kirkwood.
This event will end with a dinner reception sponsored by Social Action Virtue Education (S.A.V.E.), a community VBRD outreach organization funded through Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and named one of Pope Francis’ World Popular Movements.

Thursday, June 15

8:30 a.m. - Best practices in VBRD showcase features both school and community projects.
11:00 a.m. - Research Team from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, reports findings on impact of VBRD in this first year. Research is underwritten by a grant from Our Sunday Visitor Institute.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - A panel discussion on Restorative Communities

  • Kurt Nelson, PhD., Superintendent for Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Father John Mayo, Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Warrenton
  • Mrs. Lori Racine, Principal, Holy Rosary School, Warrenton
  • Mrs. Beena Bryant, parent and S.A.V.E. board member, Holy Trinity School, St. Ann

 1:30 p.m. - The event will close with a Commissioning Service led by Father John Mayo Catholic school communities from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin will attend.

“This is our fifth year for this unique training,” said Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate at the Catholic Education Office. “Our returning schools are a testimony to the success of this work in our BeOne initiative. The closing ceremony will recognize schools that implemented VBRD with fidelity in the 2016-17 school year.”