In December, CPMC will host a diocesan town hall with Project Avary, an organization that helps children heal from the impacts of having a parent in prison. They will share about their work of surrounding youth with a long-term, supportive community of peer and adult mentors and of empowering them with leadership development skills so they can break free from generational cycles of trauma and incarceration.
Sr. Annie Killian, OP, will discuss her approach to prison ministry as a way of peace-making. She offers returning citizens and people who are incarcerated a ministry of accompaniment and art, and she offers a space for them to address grief. She will also discuss her course “Life After Loss”.
This town hall event invites your reflections from this year! Sr. Misty Garriga and Sr. Susan Van Baalen will be asking town hall attendees to share and reflect on their ministry, addressing the question of “Why Ministry”. They will lead a discussion to help us look back over the year of ministry in gratitude and to look forward in anticipation to next year.
The causes and effects of abortion are steeped in various forms of trauma. As ministers of the Gospel it is incumbent upon us to adopt a posture of humility and accompaniment when we encounter an individual who is impacted by this reality. Join this town hall with Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, to learn about the topic of abortion as it relates to incarceration, addresses grief that men and women may experience post-abortion, and offers other vital approaches to being ministers of healing and restoration.
Join CPMC for a presentation by Dr. Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ about racism, including a discussion of his book 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 on training as a Jesuit, Haitian-born Patrick Saint-Jean discovered something he had not known before: racism. To these experiences, Dr. Saint-Jean applies the basic principles of Jesuit formation―the “discernment of spirits,” the examination of conscience, the imaginative identification with Jesus in his sufferings, death, and resurrection. These principles and practices, he concludes, hold promise of conversion, healing, and resurrection for a church and a society still caught in the crucible of racism.
Join us for a fresh look at Holding Still: Centering Prayer & the Spiritual Journey, a documentary produced by Prison Contemplative Fellowship (PCF) and premiered in partnership with CPMC. Lawrence and Artist – two men from the film – join Lizzie Udwin of PCF as they talk about new tools and resources to encourage engagement with Centering Prayer and the practice’s power to process shame and trauma.
People with developmental disabilities are incarcerated at a higher 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.
Join CPMC for a discussion about the realities of immigration, detention, and what a ministerial response looks like. Participants will hear from expert ministers and program facilitators that are working to create a just and compassionate immigration system.
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ
Rio Grand Valley
Dr. Hilary Chester
Migrant & Refugee Services
USCCB (In Transition)
Justice for Immigrants
Christopher Houston, National Faith-Based Re-Entry Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, will present about the Community Re-Entry Network. This initiative is a new program funded by the First Step Act that seeks to connect and collaborate with faith-based organizations that facilitate re-entry services through an online clearinghouse for inmates.
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, North Carolina, which provides holistic, trauma-informed services, both in the prison setting and through re-entry programs.