“If you want justice and nothing but justice you will inevitably get injustice. If you want justice without injustice you must want love.” - Miroslav Volf (Exclusion & Embrace)
St. Leonard's Community Chaplaincy is a faith-based network of experienced chaplains, community groups, and involved citizens, building a safer community through journeying with ex-offenders, their families, and the community as it is affected by crime.
Our Central Values:
i. Community Safety
ii. Restorative Justice
iii. Spiritual & Religious Stories
iv. Holistic Care & Hospitality
v. Spiritual Formation
vi. Guiding Relationships
Chaplain Rielly McLaren and Jen Graham (St. Leonard’s caseworker) are the founders and leaders of the Mothers & Spouses of Offenders Support Group for Women. This unique and rare support group reaches unseen victims of crime – the families of offenders, by providing a safe and confidential place for women to share their struggles of having an incarcerated loved one.
Speaking, Retreats, and Consultation
If you would like to invite Chaplain Rielly to speak to your group, agency, or church feel free to contact him via the information below. Rielly regularly speaks at church gatherings, retreats, and local agencies on issues of faith & culture, restorative justice, and spiritual formation. Rielly also provides faith-group consultation, when crime hits a community through talking circles, and other restorative practices.
Local CBC Windsor News: Interview
CBC Radio Documentary: In Harm's Way on The Current
i. St. Leonard's House, Windsor
ii. Local Churches & Multi-Faith Groups
iii. Local Nonprofits, Agencies, & Programs
iv. Friends and Financial Supporters of St. Leonard's Community Chaplaincy
In 2013 the federal government cut funding for all part-time chaplains in Canada. Today, Chaplain Rielly relies on donations and community based funding to continue to the work of community chaplaincy.
*Remember to designate your donation to:
'St. Leonard's Community Chaplaincy'
The 2015 chaplaincy fundraiser event at Lakeshore St. Andrews Church in Tecumseh Ontario
Founder of St. Leonard's, and pastor of All Saints Anglican Church, Reverend Neil Libby counseling a resident at the original St. Leonard's House in Windsor.
If you have an inquiry or would like further information, please call St. Leonard's House (519) 256 1878 or send Chaplain Rielly an email via the message boxes below