Incarceration Ministries encompasses the Archdiocese of Louisville Prison Ministry and Jail Ministry programs, and it also works collaboratively with reentry programs and support programs for families of persons who are incarcerated in the state of Kentucky. Prison Ministry serves the needs of those serving long-term prison sentences in Kentucky state prisons located in the Archdiocese of Louisville including Kentucky State Reformatory, Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Roederer Correction Complex, and Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. Male and female prison populations are both served. Authorized lay ministers and clergy, from numerous parishes all over the Archdiocese visit our local prisons in small groups on a regular basis to provide sacramental and pastoral care. Those involved in being a Catholic presence by serving persons in prison have a two-part authorization process. First, there is a Kentucky state background check and state training. Second, there is a joint-preparation training session provided by Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Family Ministries.
Jail Ministry is a distinct and unique form of ministry that is designed to serve the rotating populations found within the multiple, independent County Jail Systems located throughout the areas served by the Archdiocese of Louisville. Each of the 24 Counties with in the archdiocese has a system that is unique with regards to its rules and policies, and as such there are multiple point persons to connect with depending on the county jail where one wishes to minister. A centralized one-day training session is offered regularly via Catholic Charities and several partnering agencies of the Archdiocese of Louisville to give an in-depth introduction to Jail Ministry. This program is designed to address many important issues unique to this ministry such as family of origin situations, addictive behaviors, and racial and cultural diversity. Further, several practical aspects of Catholic ministry are also included like praying with others and good liturgical practices.