“I receive love, acceptance and peace with understanding from the people who come to share with us.” -A woman in prison
Under the auspices of the Center for Restorative Justice Works, founded by Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, Holy Family women participate with those from other faith communities and women incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in a non-denominational spirituality group called Women of Wisdom – a circle which draws upon the inner wisdom of women.
Women on the “outside” are invited to cross a border into the world of prisons, providing opportunities for relationship building, reflection and action. The WOW group, part of CRJW’s Crossover program, fosters a transformed understanding between the outside community and those in prison, propelling both to work together to restore relationships and create awareness of the criminal justice system. CRJW’s mission is to mobilize communities to move the current system toward a model of justice that promotes healing and restores relationships. CRJW believes that individual and social transformation occurs when people on the “inside” and people on the “outside” have an opportunity to meet and share a common experience, reflect together on it, and discern the next step together.
The WOW group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month – with women from the “outside” normally meeting for an early dinner close to CIW in Corona before driving to the prison to meet with the women on the “inside” Advance clearance by the prison is required of all visitors.
Occasionally, men and women on the “outside” are invited to attend special Crossover events at the prison. In the past, Holy Family parishioners have been present for Mass at the prison celebrated by Bishop Gabino Zavala, and have participated in retreats with the women at CIW.