With 20 years of experience, Finding the Way Publications, Inc. is committed to serving those affected by crime and the criminal justice system. Our mission is to create, publish, and share effective Catholic-based recovery, rehabilitation, and reconciliation programs. Whether incarcerated for a crime, left isolated when a loved one is sent to jail, or struck by a criminal act, we are here to help you or those you serve.
As a Catholic Chaplain at the Pitchess Detention Center, Gonzalo De Vivero created Finding the Way after realizing an inmate’s request for a bible, rosary or pencil was often really a request for help on a deeper level — but chaplains and volunteers too often lacked the resources and support to address these deeper issues. With their help and that of respected Catechetical writer Fr. Gerard Weber, Gonzalo developed the first Finding the Way materials, a series of exercise guides to better equip chaplains and volunteers to offer encouragement and a way forward in life to those in custody.
Independent from but closely aligned with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Restorative Justice (ORJ), Finding the Way can work collaboratively with leaders in the field and at the detention facilities. This allows the curriculum to continue to evolve to meet the needs of the incarcerated, their families, and communities — helping all to find the path to restoration.
Finding the Way programs and materials are currently offered in six detention centers in the greater Los Angeles area, in Orange County, and will soon be implemented elsewhere.
Finding the Way was formally incorporated and recognized as a 501(c)(3) in 2002.