What is Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline?


Virtue: A Holy Habit that Imitates God

Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is a program developed in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis by Lynne Lang and pioneered by Holy Trinity Catholic School.  Derived from Restorative Justice practices, Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline has several premises that guide its approach:



  • All people make mistakes and need an opportunity to make up for the harm done and return to full acceptance in a community.
  • Everyone in a restorative system must commit to being positive, which means dwelling on the positive rather than the negative.
  • Virtue is the opposite/positive aspect of harm and needs to be taught and developed.
  • Prayer must be a part of discipline in a Catholic environment.

Schools that practice VBRD are not “soft” on discipline.  In fact, VBRD practices are often more time-consuming for all parties than traditional discipline consequences.  The difference in Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline is that the emphasis, when harm is done, is on active steps to understand and right the wrong.  While this does take more time initially, it is an approach that  reduces repeated harm and helps everyone feel valued.

Please go to Lynne Lang’s website on VBRD for more information: