Ministering to Returning Citizens

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The effects of incarceration reach beyond the time of confinement. Upon being released from incarceration individuals often lack the support they need and can struggle to keep a steady footing.

In this session Ronald Garret of Catholic Charities in Washington DC and Bishop William Wach of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee address some of the nuances in this often forgotten area of ministry.


If you are interested in seeking to prepare to minister to those affected by incarceration click on the image below to see what key questions and competencies this webinar was designed by CPMC and the NACC to address. Additional links for more information can also be found there.
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Ronald Garrett, D.Min

Dr. Ronald Garrett serves as the Regional Reentry Coordinator for the Welcome Home Reentry Program, a division of Catholic Charities Washington DC. He recruits and trains mentors to be matched with Returning Citizens who have been released for twelve months or less, or who are within ninety days of release. During his own incarceration journey, Dr. Garrett earned a BA in Theology, Master of Ministry / Church Administration and a Doctor of Ministry / Chaplaincy Services. Dr. Garrett’s vision for the future is to develop a national returning citizens organization, specifically to meet the needs of the returning and their families. This will include a church family, a faith-based transitional center, entrepreneurial education, job placement, mentoring, credit counseling, addiction treatment/counseling, and other services necessary for returning citizens to be successfully reintegrated into society.


Bishop William Wack, CSC

Most Rev. William A. Wack, CSC was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1994. He has served as a pastor in several locations around the country, as well as a Campus Minister at Notre Dame, Assoicate Director of Vocations for Holy Cross, Director of André House (a soup kitchen/hospitality center) in Phoenix. In May of 2017 Pope Francis appointed by him to serve as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  He was ordained and installed on August. 22, 2017, in Pensacola, Florida. In addition to his duties and ministries in the diocese, Bishop Wack serves on the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, and is a board member for Catholic Extension.



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