Gonzalo DeVivero

Gonzalo DeVivero

Director, Office of Restorative Justice,Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Gonzalo De Vivero is the Director of the Office of Restorative Justice for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He oversees the Chaplains' Ministry, which provides religious services and addresses the spiritual needs of men, women, and juveniles incarcerated in county jails in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara; the Survivors' Ministry, which provides "Help, Hope, and Healing" to victims of violent crime and their families; and Families of the Incarcerated Ministry, whose mission is to support the entire family when a loved one is imprisoned and restore communities grappling with crime and the effects of the criminal justice system.

 Gonzalo began his Restorative Justice service as a volunteer in 1995. He was hired as a Chaplain at the Pitchess Detention Center's North Facility in 1997. Through his ministry, he recognized that these men were often desperate to improve themselves but fearful of religion. Working with other Chaplains, volunteers, and religious scholars, he developed a recovery program not only to help address the low self-esteem but also the alcohol and substance abuse issues that had played a significant role in the men's incarceration but to welcome them to Catholicism as a better way to live.

His Finding the Way programs have been embraced and supported by Sheriff's Department officers and are now offered in all ministries of the Office of Restorative Justice as well as women's facilities and juvenile detention sites. Correspondence courses now reach individuals across the state and farther abroad.

He believes and evidence supports that addressing alcohol and substance abuse and addiction separate from criminal behaviors is essential to ease reentry and family reunification, reduce recidivism, uplift communities, and complete reconciliation.

 He was named Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice in 2014 and Director in 2016. With a background in bookkeeping and finance, Gonzalo takes his fiscal stewardship as seriously as his ministries. 

Reentry Conference Event Page

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.