Seeking to enhance a prison or jail ministry program and your role as a minister? CPMC and our partners are working to provide you with the best resources available.

Pathways to Formation

CPMC promotes and develops certification opportunities for those who want to train candidates to minister to all those affected by incarceration.

Together with NACC, we are developing three pathways to certification for pastoral care to those affected by incarceration.

Click below to explore more the pathways.

Click below to learn more.


If you are seeking to minister, please explore our listings.

What are the best training resources when beginning?

CPMC is a partner of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Partners in Pastoral Care Project.  Through collaborative efforts, the NACC Partners in Pastoral Care Project has developed Criminal Justice Ministry Pastoral Care Competencies.  

On this website, you can access and watch a collection of webinars that offer valuable formative training and instruction. If you are just beginning your work in prison or jail ministry, we recommend the resource “Jail & Prison Ministry 101.” 

If you want to network with others doing this ministry, consider becoming a ministry volunteer member of NACC ([email protected]).

Programs in jails and prisons that offer offenders education, life skills, religious expression, and recovery from substance abuse greatly reduce recidivism, benefit society, and help the offenders when they reintegrate into the community.
“Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice”

What formation and training is available?

In collaboration with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), CPMC has developed an entry-level formation program for individuals interested in ministering to those affected by incarceration. To learn more about current program offerings, please click the button titled “CPMC Formation Opportunities” below.

If you have completed the Foundational Formation cohort program and would like to learn more about further formation and training, please visit NACC’s website via the button below.

What's next?

Whether you are new to this ministry or you are a seasoned veteran, Key Questions offered by the Partners in Pastoral Care Project are important for ongoing reflection and formation.

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Where am I and who is there?
  • How do I represent the pastoral care ministry of the Church?
  • What am I doing here?
  • How do I navigate the system?