After decades of jail ministry, Father Dave Kelly, C.PP.S. got tired of sitting withfamilies damaged by violence in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.
The criminal justice system never seemed to bring much peace to families hurtby violence, and it seemed to inflict its own pain on the incarcerated and theirfamilies. In 2002, his religious community founded the Precious Blood Ministryof Reconciliation with a goal of restorative justice, including an emphasis on
How do you help a community ripped apart by
violence, crime, and trauma? One way is to create
a space where people can share difficult stories,
together, in light of the Christian story.
In search of healing,
one story at a time
BY FATHER DAVE KELLY, C.PP.S.
Father DaveKelly, C.PP.S. isa Missionariesof the PreciousBlood priestwho serves asthe executivedirector of thePrecious BloodMinistry of Reconciliation inChicago.