Our Webinars

The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) seeks to enhance Catholic ministry to those incarcerated, detained, or reentering society and those affected by incarceration, while also assisting the Church in the United States to work for a justice that is integrated, inclusive, and restorative.

To do this requires we open up forums and opportunities for the sharing of resources and practices to strengthen the Church in its mission to advance a vision of justice that upholds the dignity of every human person. One way that we pursue this mission is through our webinars.

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Upcoming Webinar on September 14th: Incarceration & Developmental Disabilties

People with developmental disabilities are incarcerated at a high rate than people without developmental disabilities. In this three part series, Dr. Lawrence Sutton gives a high level overview of how to recognize those with developmental disabilties and tools to engage and support them.

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Ministry of Accompaniment: What is needed?

This webinar addresses the importance of suitable Catholic formation programs to prepare and sustain persons serving in detention centers, jails, and prisons.  While highlighting what is important to include in formation programs, it also invites the audience to share about formation programs that already exist across the U.S.  The presenters…
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Accompanying Correctional Staff in Ministry

Sr. Van Baalen O.P., PhD, a Dominican Sister and retired Chief Chaplain of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (for 13 years with 28 years of Prison Ministry experience), joins Fr. George Williams, SJ, PhD, in a conversation about how to minister to and accompany correctional staff. Sister Van Baalen is,…
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Recruiting Volunteers to Ministry

This webinar considers four key concepts for working with prison ministry volunteers including planning, recruiting, training, and supporting. Best practices and approaches are revealed as the presenters examine these four key aspects and share real life examples. The presenters are S. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, and Harry J. Dudley, D.Min. …
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Intercultural Competence and Prison Ministry

People from all walks of life and religious traditions are affected by incarceration and detention. In this webinar Sr. Susan Van Baalen, OP, PhD and Imam Abu Ishaq Abdul Hafiz will lead a discussion on ministerial tools needed to accompany people of different faith traditions. If you have questions you…
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The Legal Challenges Facing Immigrant Detainees

Immigrant detainees face legal challenges and pressures that are unique to the immigration detention experience. Join us for a conversation with Jorge Barón of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about these stressors and discuss the minister’s role in accompanying affected individuals.  Webinar Powerpoint PDF If you have questions you would…
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Women & Re-Entry

Formerly incarcerated women face unique obstacles during re-entry. Inspired by her thirteen years as a Chicago police officer and sixteen years helping children and families heal from abuse, Sr. Maureen O’Connell, OP founded Angela House – a re-entry ministry for women affected by incarceration. Join us for a conversation with…
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Anti-Racism is a Pro-Life Issue

Join us for a conversation about how in order to be fully pro-life we must also combat issues such as racism. Andrew Lyke is a nationally renowned Catholic leader in the areas of Family Life Ministry, Anti-racism, Community Organizing, and Black Catholic Outreach. Andrew and his wife, Terri, are the…
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Respecting & Working Together with Other Faiths

Navigating faith with those affected by incarceration is especially challenging. Join the conversation as Heather Rice-Minus and Mike Carotta discuss the obstacles and opportunities of ministering in a pluralistic environment.   Heather Rice Minus, J.D. Heather Rice-Minus serves as vice president of government affairs and church mobilization at Prison Fellowship, the…
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Lent: A Time for Reflection

The season of Lent is a time when we are called to simplify, pray, and love more fully in preparation for the resurrection. Join us for a time of reflection and nourishment with Fr. Daniel Renaud, OMI in this important season. Fr. Daniel Renaud, OMI is a priest, religious and…
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Dismas Ministry and Sharing Resources

This webinar tells the story of Dismas Ministry, which seeks to provide numerous Catholic faith and prayer resources for persons who are incarcerated and those who minister to them. It walks through the different resources, all of which are available in English and Spanish versions.   The presenters are Tyler Curtis and…
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Behavioral Health: An Overview

One in five Americans are touched by behavioral health challenges and those who are affected by incarceration are over-represented within that population. Join us for a conversation with Fr. Ragan Schriver, PsyD, LAPSW to learn more about ministering to those who struggle with behavioral health challenges. Fr. Ragan Schriver, PsyD,…
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Ministering to Returning Citizens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdqILau3xAI&t=270s 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…
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Violence, Incarceration, & Ministry

Join us for a presentation on interpersonal violence and how to address this issue in your ministry. Fr. David Kelly, Executive Director of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) in Chicago, is joined by PBMR staff members and returned citizens Fred Weatherspoon, Joseph Mapp, and Joe Montgomery in this…
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Nuances of Juvenile 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) Join us for a conversation with Franchelle Lee (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston) and Joe Cotton (Archdiocese of Seattle & CPMC)…
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Best Catechetical Materials for Prison & Detention Ministry

Identifying relevant material of good quality for faith formation in the incarceration setting poses unique challenges and opportunities. Tyler Curtis of Dismas Ministries and Lawrence Lutz a Prison Chaplain in the Diocese of Youngstown offer their experiences of identifying these important materials. If you have questions you would like addressed,…
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How Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition Works for You

This webinar presents an overview of the CPMC website and offers instructions for how to navigate and make use of the website’s various resources and functions. Further, the presenters speak to the origin and development of CPMC as well as the direction that CPMC is headed in order to provide…
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Human Trafficking

https://youtu.be/tikNhjlH-nw Listen to a conversation about how to recognize trafficking within prisons, within the newly released population, and how to discuss this topic with people in your ministry. Deborah Monroe, through her personal story and experience, will also guide you as to needs, next steps, and resources. Deborah Monroe is…
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Certification for Prison & Detention Ministry

December 2020 Webinar Together with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition is developing three pathways to certification for pastoral care to those affected by incarceration: Foundational, Intensive, Leadership.  If you have questions you would like addressed, send them to: [email protected]  The CPMC webinars follow the competencies outlined…
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Basics of Empathic Listening for Pastoral Care Ministry​

This webinar explores the art of empathic listening including how one can develop and practice empathic listening skills as well as factors that affect one’s ability to authentically connect and be present to others. This exploration also distinguishes empathic listening from other forms of human interaction and looks at both…
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Ministering to Families of Incarceration

Joyce Dixson-Haskett, a formerly trafficked/incarcerated person and sought-after author and clinical social worker, discusses her programmatic model and book Levels of Response to Traumatic Events. In this webinar, she presents tools for resiliency to equip families, lay people, and professionals alike in effectively helping and working with children and loved…
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Grief and Bereavement

This webinar looks at grief and bereavement and how one can pastorally and compassionately respond to persons experiencing grief after a loss. In particular, it describes the unique challenges of the grief process that affect persons who are incarcerated as well as persons who have been victims of crime. The…
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Prayer & Sacred Story

Join us for this discussion of prayer and the concept of Sacred Story with Fr. Bill Watson, SJ. He will share about the book Mercy: A Sacred Story and his correspondence with Ritchie Roman (alias), a man who was incarcerated for 25 years for federal armed bank robbery. Fr. Watson will…
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Trauma Informed Care

Fr. Ragan Shriver, PsyD, presenter, discusses practical and spiritual dimensions of ministry for those affected by incarceration and detention who are often living with past and present trauma. He began his social work career as a therapist in an alternative sentencing program in Knox County, Tennessee, where he provided psychological…
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Jail & Prison Ministry – The Differences

While people tend to lump both jail ministry and prison ministry together, in reality there are significant differences. These differences are largely due to the purposes of jail facilities and prison facilities. Join us as Rich Deshaies, SJ and Dale Recinella, JD lead us in a conversation from their vast…
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Stories of Re-entry After Incarceration

This video was recorded at the 2018 National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference held October 12-13 in Milwaukee, WI, and is being made available by Dismas Ministry. The video features the stories of two formerly incarcerated men and highlights their experiences in prison, their journey of re-entry, and how their Catholic faith…
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Ministering to the Incarcerated During the Holidays

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons are typically the most difficult time of the calendar year for persons who are incarcerated. Separation from loved ones during this time significantly adds to the stress and other difficulties already experienced when living in jail or prison. This webinar speaks to best practices…
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Ministering to First Nations Affected by Incarceration

Webinar on how to minister to our First Nations brothers and sisters impacted by incarceration. Our guest speakers are Fr. Michael Carson, Assistant Director for Native American Affairs at the USCCB, Fr. Christopher Kerstiens, OFM, Pastor & Prison Minister, and Titus Fragura – a Protective Services Specialist and member of…
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Behavioral Health: How to Engage

Understanding behavioral health challenges is imperative for ministering to those affected by incarceration. Join us for a conversation with Fr. Ragan Schriver, PsyD, LAPSW to learn more about strategies and tools for ministering to those who struggle with behavioral health. If you have questions you would like addressed, send them…
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Maintaining Resilience in Prison Ministry

This webinar focuses on the physical and mental health impacts that working and serving in a prison environment has on staff and volunteers including prison ministers.  For prison ministers, a keen awareness and understanding of these impacts is crucial so that they intentionally engage in self-care and spiritual practices that…
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Chaplaincy in a Women’s Prison

Sarah Jobe is the Chaplain at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women and the Co-Director of the Prison Studies Program at Duke University’s Divinity School. She will discuss ministering to women in prison, as well as share about the work of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women in Durham,…
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Recognizing Trauma in the Prisoner

This webinar examines different causes and symptoms of trauma, especially trauma associated with incarceration.  It depicts how punitive approaches to incarceration in the U.S. significantly contribute to trauma not only experienced by persons who are incarcerated but also their families and loved ones.  Furthermore, it describes the spiritual crisis associated…
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