Prison Ministry serves the needs of those serving long-term sentences. Within the geographic boundaries of the Archdiocese of Louisville are four of the Kentucky state prisons– the Kentucky State Reformatory, the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, the Roederer Correction Complex and the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. Male and female prison populations are both served. Authorized lay ministers, as well as clergy, from numerous parishes all over the Archdiocese visit our local prisons in small groups on a regular basis to provide sacramental and pastoral care for the populations of a given prison facility. Those involved in being a Catholic presence by serving persons in prison have a two-part authorization process. First, there is a Kentucky state background check and state training. Second, there is a joint-preparation training session provided by Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Family Ministries.
Jail Ministry is a distinct and unique form of ministry that is designed to serve the rotating populations found within the multiple, independent County Jail Systems located throughout the areas served by the Archdiocese of Louisville. Each of the 24 Counties with in the archdiocese has a system that is unique with regards to its rules and policies, and as such there are multiple point persons to connect with depending on the County Jail where one wishes to minister.
A centralized one-day training session is offered regularly via Catholic Charities and several partnering agencies of the Archdiocese of Louisville, to give an in-depth introduction to Jail Ministry. This program is designed to address many important issues unique to this ministry, such as family of origin situations, addictive behaviors, racial and cultural diversity along with many practical aspects of Catholic ministry, like praying with others and good liturgical practices.