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. Our goal is to 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 and chaplaincy certification 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. 




Executive Coordinators:

Karen Clifton

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Erica Cohen Moore

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Communications Managers:

Jarrod Kinkley

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Brandon Ocampo

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Development Coordinator:

Lourdes Alonso

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Executive Committee

Mark Bersano, MA

Karen Clifton, MDiv

Joe Cotton, MA

Marc DelMonico, PhD

Harry J. Dudley, DMin

Fr. Dustin Feddon, PhD

Jarrod Kinkley, MA

David A. Lichter, D.Min.

Kimberly Lymore, MDiv, DMin

Greg Mellor, MA

Jane Stenson, MSW

Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, MTS

Fr. George WIlliams, S.J., PhD

Kathryn Getek Soltis, PhD

Formation Committee

Tyler Curtis | Dismas Ministries

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

David A. Lichter, D.Min. 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


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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