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.

Our Mission

We hope to create a more just and merciful criminal justice system closely aligned with the ministry and teaching of the Church and the example of Pope Francis.

Our Aim

Our aim is to serve by recruiting, training, supporting and empowering those called to missionary discipleship among the poor and marginalized.

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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…
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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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