Fred La Puzza

Fred La Puzza

Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento

Fred LaPuzza is the Director of the Office of Restorative Justice, for the Diocese of Orange, in Orange County California. He has been ministering to incarcerated populations in the county jails and Juvenile Detention Facilities for the past 34 years.
In addition to providing in custody religious services, Fred participates in numerous government agency and community organization collaborative partnerships working together to provided restorative resources for all those impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.
Fred has initiated and supported several restorative justice grant projects that include, building healthy families and empowering parents of incarcerated or probationary youth in partnership with the Probation Dept., and providing direct and immediate services for those released from jail in partnership with the Sheriff s Dept., and several community non-profit organizations. Fred is currently a volunteer advisory board member for County Correctional Health Care and the Probation Dept. s lead on the Proposition 47 Initiative overseeing the allocation of state funds for restorative resources.

Fred's role with the Restorative Justice Office includes educating and supporting local parishes and the larger community on restorative practices. Fred brings to his work extensive pastoral ministry experience and certifications that include a Certificate in Biblical Studies and an Advanced Level Master Catechist Certification (Institute for Pastoral Ministry, Diocese of Orange) and is a consecrated lay member with the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He is also a recipient of the Orange County Violence Prevention Coalition s Ambassador of Peace Award for his work in Detention Ministry and Street Gang Intervention.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL A | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Restorative Justice Mission of the Catholic Church in California

Miriam Sammartino, Esq.
Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento

Deacon John Storm
Director, Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries, Diocese of Santa Rosa


Linda Warner
Director for Social Justice & Environmental Stewardship
Fred LaPuzza
Director of the Office of Restorative Justice, for the Diocese of Orange
Gonzalo DeVivero
Director, Office of Restorative Justice,  Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Deacon Fidel Carrillo
Director, Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of Stockton
Bobby Ehnow, PhD
Director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Diocese of San Diego
Michael Shirley
Director for Life, Justice, and Peace in the Diocese of San Jose
Kiona Medina
Coordinator, For Life and Justice Ministries, Oakland Diocese
Julio Escobar
Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Coordinator


The Catholic Church Restorative Justice Ministries in California envision a society healed from divisiveness and fear that responds to crime and violence with restoration and healing so that every person can experience a dignified and plentiful life. This bold mission requires all people of goodwill to advocate for justice, bring awareness to the realities of crime and violence, and support those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed. For than 20 years, the Restorative Justice Directors of the Catholic dioceses throughout California have set forth a unique state-wide collaborative model to provide direct services, awareness and advocacy for restorative justice and restorative practices. This panel will discuss the role of Restorative Justice Ministries today to live out this mission of the Church, and how their community- focused collaborative model gives hope for the future.