Texas Catholic Correctional Ministers
The Catholic Dioceses of Texas
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"For I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25)

Texas Catholic Correctional Ministers

Texas Catholic Correctional Ministers (TCCM) was established in March of 1998 as a collaborating community among the criminal justice (correctional) ministries of the (arch)dioceses of Texas to better serve the incarcerated and their families, and to help those returning from prison successfully transition back into society.

Today, the TCCM provides oversight and direction for the many men and women who are involved in Catholic correctional ministry at the state, diocesan and local parish levels.

Mission

“To be the face of Christ to those in prison”

Vision

To bring a message of faith, hope, justice, peace, and reconciliation to the incarcerated, newly released, offender families, and to the public servants employed in the criminal justice system. It is hoped that this ministry of love, compassion and encouragement will lead to a spiritual transformation and growth in faith in the lives of those served. The pastoral care offered in our ministry is rooted in Catholic teaching and provides resources for day-to-day living inside the walls, at home or in the community.

Goals and Objectives

  • Engage all of the dioceses of Texas to actively network through the TCCM to achieve our vision. 
  • Share best practices regarding programs and resources in providing support to the incarcerated, the families of those affected by crime, and those returning to the community from prison.
  • Conduct statewide conferences and other forums to offer networking and continuing education opportunities to those serving in the criminal justice ministry.
  • Advocate to improve conditions and reduce injustices in the criminal justice system before the Texas Legislature and other governing bodies or agencies.


TCCM Core Team
  • Deacon Bob Leibrecht – Archdiocese of San Antonio (Chair)
  • Deacon Tommy Ewing – Diocese of Beaumont
  • Deacon Jose Trevino – Diocese of Dallas
  • Fr. Tom Edelen – TDCJ Chaplain, Hodge/Skyview Units

 

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