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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November Webinar

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 would like addressed, send them to: [email protected]

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.

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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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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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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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Healing and Forgiveness – Ministering to Incarcerated Juveniles

Among the populations affected by incarceration juveniles can  easily fall through the cracks of the system and their specific needs are often different from their adult counterparts. In this session Fr. Michael Kennedy and Robert Garcia of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative speak from their experiences as a minister and former…
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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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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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Witnessing for Life in the Face of Death Row

In honor of October’s Respect Life Month, this webinar will offer humanizing stories of individuals on death row and the many people undeniably impacted by capital punishment. The webinar will also share a timely update on the status of the death penalty practice at federal and state levels while offering…
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Restorative Justice with People Impacted by Incarceration

This webinar examines restorative justice as both a philosophy and practice built on repairing relationships and communities effected by acts of crime. It looks at the core questions and tenants associated with restorative justice in comparison with the traditional criminal legal system in the U.S. and how the tenants of…
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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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Immigration Detention Ministry

This webinar begins with an overview of the history of immigrant detention systems and facilities in the U.S. followed by an account of the current status of immigrant detention in the U.S. and the major issues, concerns, and conditions. Next, it offers numerous stories and a description of ministering in…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ministry to the Incarcerated in the Era of Pope Francis

This webinar offers an overview of Catholic correctional ministries in the U.S. and the state of the prison systems in the U.S. It also considers what it might look like for persons involved in correctional ministries to respond to Pope Francis’ directive to go out to the peripheries in order to…
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