Meet Our Team

Our work would not be possible without the service and support of our fantastic volunteers and the Jesuit Novices of the Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions of the Society of Jesus. They receive training on Ignatian spirituality and help lead JRJI retreats facilitated in California state prisons or local communities.

Rev. Michael Kennedy, SJ Executive Director & Founder
Deacon Bill Smith, D.Min. Chief of Staff
​Arturo Lopez Director of Operations
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Collin Price, S.J. ​Retreat Director
Jose Luis Plascencia pic
Jose Luis Plascencia Executive Assistant
Richard Howard Director of Special Projects
Bianca Lopez Office Manager
Marie Martinez ​Administrative Assistant

New JRJI Members

Collin Price, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic, joined our team in September 2023. He has been getting to know the participants on the retreats and supports them in their journey of healing and transformation. He has shared a reflection on his experience at JRJI. JRJI has taught me, in my short time here, about finding God in hidden places. Prisons, and the people locked inside them, are hidden away from the rest of society. Most of the places we visit are a half-day’s drive away, but when we take the time to travel that distance, we arrive at a place where God resides. Matthew 25 tells us to put ourselves in contact with poor, suffering, outcast people because God is present in the relationships we build with people who are suffering, especially those whose pain is hidden away. We are not the Christ-bearers, bringing God’s message to sinners in need of saving. We are all loved sinners in need of God’s healing mercy, and we find it when we encounter the light of Christ in another person, whether they are wearing black or wearing blue. Our gift is to look underneath the bushel baskets of concrete and barbed wire, face tattoos and life sentences, to find the light within the people we encounter and make it a little less hidden.

Healing. Advocacy. Education. 

JRJI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations to JRJI are tax-deductible.


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