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

2017 TCCM Annual Retreat

The Texas Catholic Correctional Ministers annual retreat was held on Monday -- Wednesday, May 1-3, 2017 at the Mexican American Catholic College, 3115 West Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas. The retreat schedule can be viewed here. A report on the conference highlights from the Deacon Bob Leibrecht, TCCM Chair can be found here.

TCCM Criminal Justice Conferences

2015 Statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference

The 2015 Statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference was conducted September 10-12 at the Pax Christi Sisters Retreat Center in Corpus Christi. Speakers included Representative James White, Vice-Chair of the Corrections Committee, Texas Houses of Representatives, and Mr. Bryan Collier, Deputy Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Topics included employment of parolees, re-entry support, and spiritual needs of the offender population.

A conference agenda can be viewed


2014 Statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference

Rev. David T. Link, Dean Emeritus of Notre Dame Law School and President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, was the keynote speaker at the statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference held September 26-27, 2014 in Austin. Having spent 50 years working in jurisprudence and academia, Fr. Link became a priest at age 71 and is now changing the lives of incarcerated men in high-security prisons throughout the heartland of America.

The challenges to successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons into communities and the employment of these returnees were among the major topics addressed at the conference. A TDCJ Special Orientation Session was conducted Friday morning for volunteers in need of training or re-training. 


2013 Statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference in San Antonio

The Archdiocese of San Antonio hosted the sixth annual Statewide Criminal Justice Ministry Conference on Oct. 25 and 26, 2013 at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. The conference, entitled “Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice," was sponsored by the Texas Catholic Correctional Ministers. 


                            Photo of Sr. Antonia Brenner to whom the conference was dedicated.

To view a copy of the final agenda and certain presentations given at the conference, click on any of the following:

Keynote Address by Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio

Conference Agenda

What is the Catholic Perspective of Criminal Justice Ministry? by Deacon Bob Leibrecht.

Chrysalis Ministries: Programs to Support Families of the Incarcerated including Children by Carol Lockett.

Chrysalis Ministries Video.

Who's in prison and Where did They Come From?by Deacon Doots Dufour.

The Role of Volunteers to Assist TDCJ with Inmate Rehabilitation by Kimberly Woodall, Asst Warden Torres/Ney Units.

Criminal Justice Policies to Pave the Way for Rehabilitation of Offenders
by Rep. Alma A. Allen, Member of House Corrections Committee, Texas House of Representatives.

Employment Video: Why Hire Ex-Offenders?


Recently Published Articles:
The Prison Entrepreneurship and some of its successful graduates were recently featured in two different articles in The Fiscal Times:    

Meet America’s New Small-Business Owners: Ex-Cons

                                      7 Ex-Jailbirds Who Made It Big in Business


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