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Michael Ladisa

“They wanted me to know how he put them on the right road. He knew everyone was made in God’s image and treated them that way.”

-Monica Ladisa

Monica Ladisa never knew the full scope of it all.

She was very much aware that her husband of 48 years, Michael Ladisa, worked tirelessly for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Restorative Justice’s prison ministry. The hundreds of hours driving thousands of miles for more than a decade, often spending the night away from their home to connect with a prison community few were willing to become immersed with.

She knew he bought books and things for the inmates, but wasn’t always sure of the how, the where, the why.

She heard him say how he benefited from trips made to Valyermo to the monastery near the Mojave Desert, where he would have deep discussions about the ups and downs in his faith journey.

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