In its Encounter newsletter, the US Catholic Mission Association has published a feature on Joanne Blaney, focusing on the concept of restorative justice and Joanne’s work to promote it both in and out of the Brazilian prison system.
Joanne tells Encounter editor Julie Bourbon:
“I’ve struggled with how to live Gospel values in a world torn apart by poverty and injustice,” she said. “This is what I want to do with my life, because I believe that mission and following the Gospel is about bringing people together and dialoguing so that we can truly build peace and bring about justice.”
Living as a Maryknoll missioner has allowed Joanne to become an instrument of God’s desire to heal communities.
“The Gospel is a liberating force,” she said, “that fosters human dignity, connects hearts and builds peace.”