Bishops Ask for Prayers in Observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018

(En Espanol) Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime. In recognition of those impacted by crime, the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued the following statement. (Members of the Committee are the Most Rev. Richard Garcia, Bishop of Monterey, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, Bishop of Fresno, Most Reverend David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, and the Most Reverend Myron Cotta, Bishop of Stockton):

No one can learn to hope on their own, because Christian hope needs to be “embodied” in a community of mutual support and loving concern. – Pope Francis

Local church communities are encouraged to walk compassionately and accompany people harmed and those who created the harm on the journey of healing and restoration.
“Many California dioceses have an Office of Restorative Justice formed to provide n safe space for all of those affected by crime and the criminal justice system’s response.
“During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, California dioceses actively work to promote healing support for individuals and communities. Some related activities include interfaith prayer services, candlelight vigils, and Masses for the intentions of crime victims and survivors. In addition, some dioceses are participating in local community-based events to promote awareness of victims’ rights, including related victim marches and conferences.
“During this week, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) will provide a statewide train-the-trainer bereavement ministry workshops that will provide insight and understanding of the impact of homicide on survivors, and explore ways to minister to them. They will also learn about the criminal justice system’s response to survivors and things to consider when developing opportunities for ongoing support.”
For more information about events in your area contact your local Diocesan Restorative Justice Director at


Bulletin Announcement (PDF)

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

April 8-14, 2018


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was established in 1981 to inspire the community, raise awareness of victims’ rights, and address unmet needs. Please remember the needs of many crime victims and survivors, so they are acknowledged and supported by our Church.

This year, OVC will commemorate NCVRW April 8–14, observing the 2018 theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. The theme emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services.

For more information, contact your local Diocesan Restorative Justice Director at (add local diocesan contact information) or visit the California Catholic Conference website at or


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