A Catholic Retreat Behind Bars: Kolbe Prison Ministries

The Kolbe Prison Retreat is similar to an ACTS retreat that is offered by Catholic parishes and is named after Saint Maximilian Kolbe, who was martyred in a German concentration camp during World War II. 

About 65 inmates attend the retreat and are chosen by the prison chaplain and the prison warden after demonstrating good conduct and a desire to attend a faith-based event. Inmates don’t have to be Catholic to attend the retreat.

For further information about Kolbe Prison Ministries, please contact them at:

The CPMC webinars follow the competencies outlined by the CPMC Formation Committee. The committee in conjunction with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) recently piloted the first of the prison ministry certification cohorts.

Recent Town Halls

Mental Health Awareness

Join CPMC for a conversation about mental health awareness and advocacy with Katherine Sheffield (USCCB), Ben Wortham (CCUSA), and Ronald Jackson (CCUSA).

Kairos Outside

Kairos Outside offers a comfortable, non-judging retreat for women to support each other as they journey through the incarceration of a friend or relative. Join Evelyn Lemly, CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International, and Margie Rodriguez, Kairos Outside Leadership Team, to learn about this needed ministry.

Second Chance Month: Opportunities & Barriers to Reentry

This CPMC Advocacy Network town hall discussion focuses on celebrating the opportunities and discussing the barriers to reentry, led by Christy Williams of Catholic Charities USA, Karen Hoeger of Catholic Charities Dubuque, and Sue Haverman and Will Simmons of St. Patrick Center.