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.

Mark your calendar for our next webinar on March 13th!

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Alternatives to Sentencing

https://youtu.be/RRIOaxUX7vk We invite you into a conversation on alternatives to sentencing with Fr. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Simon of Cyrene Catholic Parish in Chicago, and Jacquelyn Ingram, Circle Keeper for the North Lawndale Restorative Justice Community Court.
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Resilience & Trauma Informed Care

https://youtu.be/ETBbAEarm_0 We invite you to a conversation about the importance of resilience and trauma-informed care in ministry. Presenters Fr. Dustin Feddon and Fr. George Williams, SJ, will share about the need for ministers to care for themselves to prevent burnout and encourage resilience.
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Rituales y Comunión servicios en prisión

https://youtu.be/CZWZRXtPORo Únase a CPMC para conversar con el P. George Williams, SJ y el P. Paul Morrissey, OSA, sobre rituales, servicios de comunión y servicios conmemorativos tras las rejas. Compartirán sobre la importancia y el proceso de estos rituales, que pueden ser facilitados por los laicos. Este seminario web también…
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Rituals & Communion Services in Prison

https://youtu.be/12OsVwK0NVo Join CPMC for a conversation with Fr. George Williams, SJ, and Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA, about rituals, communion services, and memorial services behind bars. They will share about the importance and the process of these rituals, which can be facilitated by the laity. This event is also available in…
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Catholic Imagination for a World Beyond Prison

https://youtu.be/tJDmlvIszhY Join CPMC for an important conversation with Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and an Associate Teaching Professor at Villanova University, and Emily Cortina, Coordinator of Outreach & Formation for Kolbe House Jail Ministry in Chicago, about how our Catholic faith calls us to imagine a…
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Quentin Blue: Music Ministry in Prison

https://youtu.be/Hpw4bW8HobQ This town hall explores the power of music in prisons as we welcome men from the band Quentin Blue: Billy Harwood, Dwight Krizman, and Richie Morris. Quentin Blue was formed in 2014 inside of San Quentin State Prison by men serving life sentences. In 2020, three band members were…
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Ética y Límites para Ministros

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7eHhRLxGKQ Únase a nosotros para una presentación del pastor y psicoterapeuta clínico P. Stan Bosch, S.T., quien dirigirá una discusión interactiva sobre la ética y los límites ministeriales. Este seminario web también está disponible en inglés (AQUÍ). Recursos de presentación Presentación de Powerpoint Recomendación de libro: El drama del niño dotado: y…
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Ethics & Boundaries for Ministers

https://youtu.be/CyWHblB-YHU Join CPMC for a presentation by pastor and clinical psychotherapist Fr. Stan Bosch, S.T., who leads an interactive discussion about ministerial ethics and boundaries. Fr. Stan shares about important topics for ministers, including ethical principles, guidance on holding appropriate boundaries, management of relationships in ministry, professional conduct expectations, and…
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¿Por qué Ministrar en Español?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHOmBV4js_E Guiado por el Obispo Auxiliar Mario Avilés de la Diócesis de Brownsville y Helder Hernandez, Coordinador de Alcance y Educación sobre la Pobreza con el Departamento de Justicia, Paz y Desarrollo Humano de la USCCB. Discutiremos la importancia de ministrar y ser ministrado en el lenguaje nativo de una…
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Quality Catholic Materials on Paper and Tablets

https://youtu.be/FMizijKkq98 Join CPMC for a webinar focused on quality Catholic materials offered by some of our partners, including Word Among Us, Shalom Media, and Dismas Ministry, as well as a discussion on the use of tablets and digital materials, led by representatives at Catholic Distance University. We hope this conversation…
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Psychological & Spiritual Needs of Correctional Staff

CPMC welcomes you to a conversation with Dr. Caterina Spinaris and Daria Mayotte of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach with host Fr. George Williams, SJ. They will discuss the psychological and spiritual needs of correctional staff. Desert Waters focuses on advancing the well-being of correctional staff and their families, and the…
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A Broad Overview of Human Trafficking

https://youtu.be/2kCkRHdYlEY Join CPMC for a broad overview of human trafficking with Felicitas Brugo Onetti, Anti-Trafficking Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Marsha Forson, Policy Advisor, with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We will learn about human trafficking, how to support victims, and about resources on labor and sex trafficking…
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Intersections of Juvenile Ministry

Fr. Stan Bosch, S.T., is a practicing psychotherapist, prison minister, pastor of St. Raphael Church in Los Angeles, and has ministered to Los Angeles’s gang-involved youth for more than 20 years. Come join CPMC as we learn about a variety of important topics impacting juveniles, such as psychosocial development, mental…
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Advocacy Network Panel

Join CPMC for a presentation by four talented panelists who are representatives of national Catholic organizations working for legislative change within the prison and detention system and eliminating the death penalty. Presenters include: Emma Tacke (Catholic Mobilizing Network), Ingrid Delgado (USCCB), Tom Mulloy (Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United…
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A Creative Way to Address Grief

In this webinar, Sr. Annie Killian, OP, a post-doctoral fellow in the Public Humanities at the University of Notre Dame, and Beatrice Parwatikar, an Ambassador of Peace with Pax Christi USA, discuss prison ministry as a way of peace-making. Through ministry, they offer returning citizens and people who are incarcerated…
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The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice

Join CPMC for a presentation by Dr. Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ about racism, including a discussion of his books: The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice and The Crucible of Racism: Ignatian Spirituality and the Power of Hope. Upon coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies and then to embark…
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Incarceration & Developmental Disorders (Part 1 of 3)

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 disabilities and tools to engage and support them.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: cpmc.manager@gmail.com  The CPMC webinars follow the competencies outlined…
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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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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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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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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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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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