Category: Blog articles

Articles for the blog page

Oct 03
Remembering Archbishop Fiorenza: A Reflection by CPMC Executive Coordinator Karen Clifton

Archbishop Fiorenza walked with the oppressed and loved the underdog in any fight. With so many accomplishments these immediately come to mind: as a seminarian he walked from Selma to Montgomery; as a priest he worked at the grass roots level to eliminate any form of discrimination; as a bishop he stood with the janitors […]

Feb 27
Synod on Synodality

Synod on Synodality We are all companions on the journey together. The Synod on Synodality gathers the global Church in a multi-year process to reflect, be open to each other’s perspectives and experiences, and listen to the Holy Spirit. The synodal process leads us in discerning together our path forward towards being “a more synodal […]

Aug 16
Spotlight: Jack Pachuta

We’d like to share with you the amaizng art and iconography of Jack Pachuta. A devout Roman Catholic, Pachuta wanted to do volunteer work after he retired from the chemical business in 1998 and spent six months with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, giving the Eucharist to inmates in the worst cell blocks of the Philadelphia […]

Aug 03
Spotlight: The Office of Prison Ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland

The Office of Prison Ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon has for some time been concerned with the need for faith-based preparation and support for their volunteers in criminal justice ministry. They became aware of the work of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in this area, and followed closely the development of […]

Aug 25
Litany of Nonviolence

Provident God, aware of our own brokenness, we ask the gift of courage to identify how and where we are in need of conversion in order to live in solidarity with Earth and all creation. Deliver us from the violence of superiority and disdain. Grant us the desire, and the humility, to listen with special […]

Apr 20
Out of the Tomb, a Condemned Man

By Fr. Dustin Feddon, PhD,  Executive Director of Joseph House     Being released from either prison or jail in the middle of a global pandemic highlights the already existing challenges of reentry in America. You might say the current scourge exposes the already stark realities that await the incarcerated upon their release back into society. […]

Apr 13
Social Distance Ministry

In prison, the mystery of the cross is often portrayed with an image of three crosses. The image is a reminder to prisoners that Christ was not the only one executed on Good Friday and that Christ was one of them. Luke’s gospel tells of two unnamed criminals. The first reviled Jesus and mocked him. […]

Apr 09
Walking a Mile in Their Shoes

How can we use this time to bond with “our brothers in white”? The  COVID-19  pandemic situation has given new meaning to a term used in Texas prisons that is somewhat akin to “sheltering in place” –  that term is “LOCKDOWN”. At least twice a year in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, an […]

Mar 31
Welcome to Those Re-Entering Society

I recently sat in a county courtroom for three hours. I am not sure exactly how many people faced the judge that day, but it was a very full docket and I learned a number of things. I had been in court for hearings a number of times. I was told to be at the […]

Mar 02
Dismas Ministry Celebrates 20 Years

Founded in 2000, by Ron Zeilinger, Dismas Ministry is a national, Catholic outreach to prisoners.