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Videos, trainings, Webinars, and articles
CPMC creates opportunities to share resources and best practices to strengthen the Church’s mission to advance restorative justice that upholds the dignity of every human person affected by incarceration and detention.
If you are beginning your work in prison ministry, we recommend beginning with our featured resource, “Jail & Prison Ministry 101.” This six part video series, lays the groundwork for anyone seeking to serve people affected by incarceration.
Training And Webinars
We have assembled videos and webinars that cover fundamental topics and issues related to prison and jail ministry, reentry, and restorative justice.
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Local, State, and National Partners
Our growing list of local, state, and national partners will help connect you with ministries in many fields of interest. There may be ministries closer than you think, and connecting is free.
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Webinars and In-Person Events
From webinars to in-person training events, Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition receives and organizes upcoming events for your edification.
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Handouts, Bibles, and Pen Pals
For those ministering in jails and prisons, we have assembled a particular list of the best resources to assist you along the way.
These resources cover a wide range of topics, from assisting families of inmates to avoiding burnout. Click the button below to get started and learn how to further develop your ministry.
Survivor’s Manual, journals, Lectionaries, and more
For those ministering in jails and prisons, we are collecting unique resources for you to share with persons you minister to.
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Manuals, Training Guides, Prayer Resources
For those needing resources on restorative justice, advocacy, and prayer, we have gathered numerous resources to share with you.
These manuals, training guides, and prayer resources will help equip you serve those affected by incarceration. Click the button below to begin learning now.
Videos & Webinars
“Jail and Prison Ministry 101” includes six training and formation videos recorded during a pre-conference workshop at the 2019 National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) National Conference – “Partners in Pastoral Care: Continuing the Healing Ministry of Jesus in the Name of the Church” – held in Mundelein, IL from May 31 to June 3.
These six video recordings cover fundamental topics and issues pertinent to persons involved in Catholic jail and prison ministry. By sharing their ministerial experience and rich theological understanding of mission discipleship, presenters Fr. George Williams, S.J., and Fr. Dustin Feddon communicate valuable teaching on how Catholic chaplains and volunteers can bring the love and light of Christ into correctional facilities.
Fr. George is Catholic Chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California, holds a PhD in Criminology from Northeastern University, and is a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco. Fr. Dustin is an experienced jail and prison chaplain, serves as an administer for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes, and is Executive Director of Joseph House in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
Catholic Initiatives of The American Bible Society
Large print Catholic Good News Translation Bibles, Normal print New American Bible Revised Edition. Contact Sam Harrell at email@example.com for an order form.
This manual by the National Institute of Corrections provides practical guidelines for administrators and chaplains to appropriately accommodate inmate religious beliefs and practices for fourteen religion traditions.
There exist in-depth studies that support the effectiveness of religious programming on lowering recidivism rates. Two of these studies include An Outcome Evaluation of the Interchange Freedom Initiative in Minnesota and An Evidence-Based Assessment of Faith-Based Programs.
For those ministering, consider sharing these valuable resources with persons who are incarcerated:
The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has prepared a resource on Restorative Justice. The CA Catholic Conference page offers a simple, practical approach to criminal justice that is rooted in our faith as Christians and Catholics.
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For those looking to learn more about advocacy and how you can get started today, the Ignatian Solidarity Network has prepared a School and Community Training Guide: Advocacy 101.
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The Stations of the Cross are a reflection the Passion of Jesus Christ, often practiced during Friday’s in Lent. This particular prayer resource is a version for inmates and those ministering to them.
This prayer from the Columban Fathers website seeks God’s love and support for all people affected by incarceration.
Prayers to be used by those who might not have access to the Sacrament of Reconiliation an the Eucharist.