Archdiocesan Catholic 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.


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.

Corrections: A Ministry of Hope & Salvation, a retreat/conference for those currently involved in the ministry and as for persons or parishes considering the ministry, was held October 28, 2017. Documents from the event may be found on the "Resources" and "Program Highlights" links.


Priorities for the Ministry as developed by the Archdiocesan Task Force:

  1. Foster education:  for parishes to gain a better understanding of Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
  2. Extend pastoral care:  effectively minister to persons in prison or jail.
  3. Assist persons in re-entry: provide services and effectively minister to returning citizens.
  4. Engage parishes: seek greater involvement of parishioners in corrections ministry
  5. Build for success:  establish an infrastructure with resources to lead, coordinate and communicate.

Priest and prisonerBrochure

Task Force Recommendations: Final Report


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