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 the human person.

Our Aim

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

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a more just and merciful criminal justice system so as to more closely align the ministry of the Church with the teachings and example of Pope Francis’ call to prioritize those on the peripheries.

Whether you are seeking ministry or ministry formation,
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“We, too, must be servants. It is true that in life there are problems; we argue among ourselves, but this must be something that passes, a passing phase. In our hearts, there must always be this love to serve the other, to be at the service of others.

- Pope Francis
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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 that affect persons who are incarcerated as well as persons who have been victims of crime. The presenters are Fr. George…
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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 aspects for working with prison ministry volunteers including planning, recruiting, training, and supporting. Best practices and approaches are revealed as the presenters examine the 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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CPMC will create opportunities to share resources and best practices to strengthen the Church’s mission to advance restorative justice that upholds the dignity of every human person.

Recruiting Volunteers to Ministry

Featuring Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND and Harry J. Dudley, D.Min. Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Secretary for Parish Life and Development, Diocese of Cleveland.

She has worked on the front line in prison ministry and by working with an advisory, committee, Sr. Rita has engaged more than 400 volunteers from parishes in this work.

Harry J. Dudley, D.Min., consultant and founder of Ambulans Vobiscum Consulting, LLC, is recently retired Assistant Director of Certification for the USCCB, Secretariat for Catholic Education. Dr. Dudley has had extensive experience in recruiting and training volunteers in church and other non-profit settings.

Basics of Empathic Listening for Pastoral Care Ministry

A review of empathy’s importance as a fundamental dynamic in human interaction and pastoral care ministry in particular.

Featuring Dr. Theodore M. Smith and Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis.

Theodore M. Smith, D.Min, is a recently retired United Methodist minister with almost 40 years in professional hospital ministry as a chaplain and pastoral educator in four faith-based hospitals. He currently serves as primary faculty person for the Pastoral Care Institute, a major educational program in pastoral care ministry for laity in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Dr. Smith is a published author and national speaker.

Kathryn Getek Soltis, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and assistant professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Kathryn was the lay Catholic chaplain for several years in a house of correction in Boston and currently leads communion services in the Philadelphia Prison System. Her academic research focuses on issues of justice and punishment, mass incarceration, family ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching.

Recognizing Trauma in the Prisoner

November 27, 2018, Maria Morrison, M.S.W., Senior Social Worker at the Equal Justice Initiative, and Fr. Dustin Feddon, Ph.D., Chaplain, Diocese of Tallahasee – Pensacola

Ministrando a los afectados por el crimen y el encarcelamiento

23 de octubre, 2018 Presentado por Petra Alexander, Directora, Oficina de Asuntos Hispanos, Diócesis de San Bernardino, y Julio Escobar, Coordinador del Ministerio de Justicia Restaurativa en la Arquidiócesis de San Francisco &  Presidente y Fundador de la Comunidad San Dimas, Inc.

Maintaining Resilience

September 18, 2018, Dr. Eileen Dombo, National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America and Fr. George Williams, S.J., Chaplain, San Quentin State Prisony

Dismas Ministry and Sharing Resources

August 22, 2018,Tyler Curtis, Director and Ron Zeilinger, Founder of Dismas Ministry

Ministry of Accompaniment: What Is Needed?

July 31, 2018, Presented by: Dr. David Lichter, Executive Director of NACC & Dale Recinella, Catholic Chaplain, Florida Death Row

Ministry to the Incarcerated in the Era of Pope Francis

June 27, 2018, Presented by: Fr. George Williams, SJ, Chaplain, San Quentin State Prison & Fr. Dustin Feddon, Chaplain, Diocese of Tallahasee – Pensacola