Archdiocesan Corrections Ministry

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The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is a Christ-centered Catholic community that upholds the dignity of every human person touched by crime in order to practice mercy, and foster hope and peace.

Mission

The mission of corrections ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is to create an environment of trust through a lens of Catholic social teaching by witnessing the Gospel to the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and victims/families, through healing and mentoring processes. The Archdiocese is committed to actively engaging parishes and parishioners to educate and advocate for policies that help reduce violence and provide for the pastoral needs of all affected by crime.

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November 3, 2018: Corrections Ministry Conference: "My Heart Near to Your Heart"

The Corrections Ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianpolis is hosting a conference: "My Heart Near to Your Heart" at St. Paul's Catholic Center, (1413 East 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408-1602 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

Who should attend? Clergy, lay volunteers, those in corrections professions, and anyone interested in learning more about Corrections Ministry. Parish teams especially encouraged to attend.

The day will begin with opening comments from Archbishop Thompson, followed by Liturgy of the Hours. Father David Link, lawyer, dean of the Notre Dame Law Scember 3, 2018hool, husband, father, grandfather, widower, and now Catholic priest, Father Dave Link’s story is an inspiration and challenge to all. In his priesthood, Father Dave does more than visit the incarcerated; he truly transforms their lives. His inspirational book,“Camerado, I Give you My Hand”shares his story and how God can be found anywhere and will be available for purchase.

The day will include interactive concurrent breakout sessions, networking with successful programs and ministries across the Archdiocese, and the opportunity to hear directly from those in re-entry and their families.

No fee for the conference, but a free-will offering will be accepted. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 8:30 am with the program beginning promptly at 9:00 am. **You will need to complete a separate registration for each individual attending.**

 

Priorities

Priorities for the Corrections Ministry:

  1. Foster education:  for parishes to gain a increased understanding of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). For more information, see the "Resources" link. Prison Ministry -- Resources
  2. Extend pastoral care to those in prisons and jails:  effectively minister to persons in prison or jail. For more information, see the "Pastoral Care for Inmates" link. Prison Ministry - Priorities
  3. Assist persons in re-entry: provide services and effectively minister to returning citizens. For more information, see the "Re-entry" link. Prison Ministry -- Re-Entry
  4. Engage parishes: seek greater involvement of parishioners in corrections ministry. For more information, see the "Program Highlights" and "Volunteers" links. Prison Ministry - Where We Serve Prison Ministry - Where We Serve
  5. Build for success:  establish an infrastructure with resources to lead, coordinate and communicate. For more information, see the "Contact Us" link. Prison Ministry -- Contact Us

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