CPMC is excited to again host our talented Advocacy Network Panel, representatives of national Catholic organizations working for legislative change within the prison and detention system. This discussion will focus on the impact of policies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the limits and power of each level.
Advocating for the Common Good in a Polarized Culture (CPMC Advocacy Network Panel)
CPMC is excited to host Sammy Perez and David Jimenez of Prison Fellowship, along with our talented CPMC Advocacy Network Panel, representatives of national Catholic and Christian organizations working for legislative change within the prison and detention system. This discussion will focus on how to have difficult conversations and overcome fear of conflict to execute effective legislative outreach.
Stronger Together: Support for Children with Incarcerated Parents (CPMC Town Hall)
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.
A Creative Way to Address Grief (CPMC Webinar)
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”.
Why Ministry? (CPMC Town Hall)
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.
Healing After Abortion (CPMC Town Hall)
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.
Racism (CPMC Webinar)
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.
“Holding Still” Update (CPMC Town Hall)
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.
Incarceration & Developmental Disabilities (CPMC Webinar)
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.
Walls of Our Heart – Breaking Open a Ministerial Understanding of Immigration (CPMC training event)
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