Ministry, community, and advocacy

The place to go for Catholic ministry serving people affected by incarceration.

Our Mission

The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) promotes ministry to all people affected by incarceration and detention. We recruit, train, support and empower those called to this ministry. 

We strive to create a more just and merciful criminal justice system that upholds the dignity of every human person and advances restorative justice.

Our Purpose

The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition is the central hub for all Catholic jail, prison, and detention ministry efforts in the United States. We offer:

  • A shared virtual space for best practices, interest group dialogue, and collaboration; 
  • Educational webinars and a database of organizations and resources;
  • Prison ministry formation opportunities for dioceses and Catholic organizations;
  • Support of ministries serving victims, the incarcerated, those who work and minister in these contexts, and their families;
  • Opportunities for joint action and legislation on behalf of criminal justice reform, and promotion of restorative justice practices; and 
  • A professional development pathway for the next generation of jail and prison ministers and change agents. 


Karen Clifton | Executive Coordinator

Jarrod Kinkley | Manager for Special Projects

Kara McNamara | Communications Manager

Courtney Malawy | Program Manager

Marc DelMonico | Grants Manager

Sharon Burns | Financial Manager


Fr. George Williams, SJ | Board Chair


Fr. Dustin Feddon | Board Vice Chair


Karen Clifton | Board Secretary & Treasurer

Curtis Gibson | Board Member

Patricia Okonta | Board Member

Doug Sandvig | Board Member

Executive Committee

Mark Bersano, MA

Karen Clifton, MDiv

Erica Cohen Moore, MA

Joe Cotton, MA

Marc DelMonico, PhD

Harry J. Dudley, DMin

Fr. Dustin Feddon, PhD

Kathryn Getek Soltis, PhD


Jarrod Kinkley, MA

Kimberly Lymore, MDiv, DMin

Kara McNamara, MEd

Greg Mellor, MA

Jane Stenson, MSW

Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, MTS

Sr. Susan VanBaalen, O.P.

Fr. George WIlliams, S.J., PhD


Formation Committee

Tyler Curtis | Dismas Ministries

Erica Cohen Moore, MA | NACC

Marc DelMonico, PhD | USCCB

Richard Deshaies, S.J. | Dismas Ministries Board

Harry J. Dudley, DMin | Ambulans Vobicsum Consulting, LLC

Dcn. Edgardo Farias, PhD Cand. | Archdiocese of Miami

Jim Letourneau, MDiv, MSW, LCSW, BCC  | NACC

Mary T. O’Neill, DMin., BCCE | NACC

Dale S. Recinella, JD, MTS | FL Death Row

Fr. George Williams, S.J., PhD | San Quentin State Prison

Foundational Training

Fr. Jay DeFolco  | Archdiocese of Seattle

Harry J. Dudley, DMin | Ambulans Vobicsum Consulting, LLC

Deacon Tim Hayden | Diocese of Austin

Marilyn Kain, MS, LPC, LADC | Therapist & Professor

Deacon Ronnie Lastovica | Diocese of Austin

Franchelle Lee | Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Shannon O’Donnell | Archdiocese of Seattle

Deacon Roman Ramos | Diocese of Brownsville

Fr. Gary Rottman | Diocese of Tyler

Hermes Silva | Diocese of Victoria


We aim to educate, equip, and accompany all those ministering to and seeking ministry for people affected by incarceration.


We aim to create a national website to connect ministry leaders, those seeking assistance, and those involved in advocacy.


We aim to create a more just and merciful society through advocacy on the local, state, & national levels.

Our Partners

The work of Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition is a collaborative effort built on the support of our partner organizations. 

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Contact Us

If you have questions about Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition, or how to best serve those affected by mass incarceration, please reach out. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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