Our Town Halls

The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) recognizes the value of community and collaboration in ministering to those affected by incarceration. To facilitate these important discussions CPMC hosts town halls for particular ministries regularly each month. 

These forums provide the space necassary for ministers to share resources, discuss best practices, and learn from each other’s experiences. The resources that are shared at each town hall are posted below. Do you have a particular resource you would like to share or a topic you would like discussed? Let us know.
 

Next Town Hall: November 17th, 2022

The causes and effects of abortion are steeped in various forms of trauma. As ministers of the Gospel it is incumbent upon us to adopt a posture of humility and accompaniment when we encounter an individual who is impacted by this reality. Join this town hall with Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, to learn about the topic of abortion as it relates to incarceration, addresses grief that men and women may experience post-abortion, and offers other vital approaches to being ministers of healing and restoration.

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Understanding Trauma Through the River of Cruelty Model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvQDCUfN0dU Audra Fullerton, Program Director of the Peaceful Families Program at the Family Peace Initiative, and Sheri Shideler, a graduate of the program, present the “River of Cruelty” model and discuss how it was used in the curriculum at the Topeka Correctional Facility in Topeka, KS. The Peaceful Families Program…
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Ministry to Officers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLGgJIwRItM Join us for a discussion with Deacon George Kain, former secretary of the Connecticut Board of Police Commissioners, former probation officer, and volunteer prison minister, and Marilyn Kain, MS, LPC, LADC . With their expertise and guidance, as well as your attendance, CPMC will determine the topics and issues…
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Entrepreneurship: Passing On Your Experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHU7ABF5x6c In his second career as Executive Director of JUST of DuPage, Michael Beary passes on his 20 years of business knowledge to people returning from incarceration. He is joined by Greg Fischer, a JUST program participant, in describing the work of JUST of DuPage and its impact. Watch the…
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Walls of Our Heart (Programa en español)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOCh3K7YPbo Únase a la CPMC para una discusión sobre las realidades de la inmigración, la detención y cómo es una respuesta ministerial. Los participantes escucharán a ministros expertos y facilitadores de programas que están trabajando para crear un sistema de inmigración justo y compasivo, incluida la Hna. Norma Pimentel, MJ,…
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Community Reentry Network

Christopher Houston, National Faith-Based Reentry Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, will present about the Community Re-Entry Network. This initiative is a new program funded by the First Step Act that seeks to connect and collaborate with faith-based organizations that facilitate re-entry services through an online clearinghouse for inmates.
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Curt’s Café: Holistic Supports for Re-Entry

Join CPMC for a discussion of holistic supports for youth re-entry with Angelina Alfaro, Alexis Marquez, and John Thomas of Curt’s Café in Evanston and Highland Park, Illinois. The Curt’s Cafe programming model utilizes the eight dimensions of wellness to deliver support services, collaborate with partners, and involve clients in…
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Non-Violent Communication

Join CPMC for a presentation by John Paul of Heart to Heart. Heart to Heart empowers men and women to live increasingly free and fruitful lives through mindfulness practices, teaching Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, the healing of trauma, decision-making, Conflict Resolution​ (MEDC) and more. They support learners, both within correctional…
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Art for Personal & Communal Healing

Kolbe House ministers will share the pathway for healing and insight through art. Sr. Angele Hinkey, DC will describe her one-on-one ministry in jail, Painting from the HeArt. Emily Cortina, Coordinator of Outreach and Formation, will present examples to encourage brainstorming of ways to engage the wider Catholic community in…
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Prison Fellowship Angel Tree

Join CPMC for a presentation about how parishes and communities can support families impacted by incarceration through Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. Angel Tree strengthens relationships between incarcerated parents and their children through Christmas gifts on behalf of incarcerated parents, summer camps, and more. This Town Hall features speakers Heather…
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Sharing Synodal Feedback

Join CPMC for a follow-up discussion about submitting the information you gathered for the Synod on Synodality. Erica Cohen Moore (NACC) and Joe Cotton (Archdiocese of Seattle) will guide participants through the process of submitting information to the USCCB and to CPMC. Resources: PowerPoint Presentation CPMC Synod Blog Post: https://www.catholicprisonministries.org/blog/synod-on-synodality
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Women in Prison

Join CPMC for a conversation about the issues women face while incarcerated. Sr. Donna Liette of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Latrice, and J discuss women’s unique needs during their experience of incarceration, both inside and outside the carceral system. For more information about the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, you can visit the…
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Re-Entry: The Francisco Homes

This Town Hall explores The Francisco Homes program, which provides re-entry support and transitional housing services to formerly incarcerated individuals in South Los Angeles. This presentation will be led by Sr. Teresa Groth (Executive Director) and David Smith (Program Manager). Resource: The Francisco Homes website
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The Spirituality of Accompaniment

In anticipation of Lent, join us for a conversation with Fr. Dustin Feddon (Joseph House) and Joe Cotton (Archdiocese of Seattle) about deepening a spirituality of accompaniment while ministering to those who are affected by incarceration.
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Synodal Listening Session for Re-Entry Ministers

Join Erica Cohen Moore, Executive Director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and Joe Cotton, Director of Pastoral Care & Outreach Ministries of the Archdiocese of Seattle, as they invite ministers to share their reflections on what they need in their ministry to those impacted by incarceration. You can…
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Synodal Listening Session for Correctional Ministers

Join Erica Cohen Moore, Executive Director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and Joe Cotton, Director of Pastoral Care & Outreach Ministries of the Archdiocese of Seattle, as they invite ministers to share their reflections on what they need in their ministry to those impacted by incarceration. You can…
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Accompanying Former Gang Members

Join us for a discussion about work at the intersection of gangs, re-entry services, and women’s experiences in that space. We will be joined by two employees of Homeboy Industries: Natalie Venegas, a Case Manager, and Erin Gutierrez, a Licensed Social Worker.
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Opening Wide Our Hearts: A Conversation on Racism

Join us for a discussion on the rippling effects of racism. Our guest speaker is Zuri Davis, a criminal justice reform activist and a former journalist. During her journalism career, she covered police misconduct, wrongful incarceration, the drug war, and the death penalty. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Juvenile Detention Mentoring: A Model for Campus Ministries

Learn about a mentor model that connects college students with juvenile detainees, an important encounter opportunity that transforms everyone involved.  Hear from former Seattle University students who experienced the model and can testify about its impact.  Learn what’s involved in establishing a similar model in your region!  
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Applying Restorative Justice: Practices of Encounter

Restorative justice is a philosophy or approach to harm that focuses on repairing relationships and is consistent with Catholic teaching. Restorative practices can be applied in various types of ministry to the incarcerated as well as individuals and communities harmed by crime. Join us as Caitlin Morneau (Director of Restorative…
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Implementing Centering Prayer: A Follow-up Conversation

This Town Hall is a follow-up conversation to Holding Still. Join Ray Leonardini (Prison Contemplative Fellowship), Lawrence Hamilton, and Paul Deitering about the practicalities of implementing a Centering Prayer program in the facility where you volunteer or minister. You can visit Prison Contemplative Fellowship here. You can find a resource guide…
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Human Trafficking & Incarceration

Join us for a conversation with the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Learn why many trafficked women are getting put behind bars for crimes they were forced to do. Hear how the prison system fosters trafficking inside its walls. Join a discussion on finding ways to work together to…
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Immersion: A Point of Re-entry

Join us for a conversation with the Immersion program directors. This program serves returning citizens in need of critical supportive wrap-around services and provides access to SVdP resources available throughout the United States. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, the Immersion program works in systemic change initiatives to end poverty by…
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Restorative Justice Ministry (with Catholic Extension)

Join us for a conversation about Catholic Extension’s work in restorative justice ministry. Their program, in partnership with Loyola University of Chicago, provides training in theology and practical strategies for expanding or creating diocesan and parish-based Restorative Justice prison ministries in your area. Catholic Extension website: https://www.catholicextension.org/grant-information/strategic-initiatives/restorativejustice/ For any questions,…
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Education & Re-Entry

Each third Thursday of the month CPMC and the NACC will be hosting town halls for those doing re-entry ministry. The town halls are structured to share practices and resources on important topics for the unique needs for citizens being released from incarceration/detention. For any questions, please email: [email protected]
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Juvenile Detention Ministry

On any given day, over 48,000 youth in the United States are confined in facilities away from home as a result of juvenile justice or criminal justice involvement. (Prison Policy Initiative) Come share resources, best practices, and lessons learned as we address the need to minister to juveniles experiencing incarceration.…
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Ministerial Trauma

Each third Thursday of the month CPMC and the NACC will be hosting town halls for those doing re-entry ministry. The town halls are structured to share practices and resources on important topics for the unique needs for citizens Join us for a conversation with Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi, CMS and…
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Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Each third Thursday of the month CPMC and the NACC will be hosting town halls for those doing re-entry ministry. The town halls are structured to share practices and resources on important topics for the unique needs for citizens being released from incarceration/detention. Shared resource: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hLDHIdWH2P40nhI7axHjm8Zb1X8V5j-h/view For any questions, please…
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Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Services) – Catholic Charities – Santa Clarita County

Each third Thursday of the month CPMC and the NACC will be hosting town halls for those doing re-entry ministry. The town halls are structured to share practices and resources on important topics for the unique needs for citizens being released from incarceration/detention. Learn more about Y.E.S.: https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/youth-empowerment-for-success-yes?locale=en For any…
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Community Partnership for Transition Solutions

CPTS comprises a group of over 40 partners that work with justice involved individuals released from prison or jail that are transitioning to their families and community. CPTS has been partnering with community organizations for over sixteen years. These partners are federal, tribal, state, county, city, faith, non-profits, community based…
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Alternatives to Violence: Transform Conflict

Join us for a conversation with the Alternatives to Violence Project. AVP-USA is an association of community, school and prison-based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth, community development and creative conflict management. Founded in prison and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners, AVP encourages every person’s innate…
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A New Way of Life

A New Way of Life is an organization that advances multi-dimensional solutions to the effects of incarceration. By providing housing and support for formerly incarcerated women for successful community reentry, family reunification, and individual healing. They work to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people. As well as empower,…
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