Prison Ministry

Catholic Prison Ministry in the Diocese of Dallas

Bringing Hope Behind Bars

The Prison and Jail Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas is called to serve by providing a Catholic presence to the incarcerated within our diocese. This presence comes in the form of sacramental and pastoral services and the sharing of educational materials.

Prison and Jail Ministry has been offered by the Diocese of Dallas for over 30 years. Currently, the ministry serves correctional facilities throughout our 9 counties. These correctional facilities include jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers. This ministry has over 100 priests, deacons and volunteers who bring messages of hope to those affected by incarceration within our diocese. They bring a message of hope through Mass, the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Communion services, prayer, Bible study and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Prison and jails, we currently serve include:

  • Dallas County Jail – Lew Sterrett
  • Collin County Detention Center – McKinney
  • Hutchins State Jail – South Dallas
  • Buster Cole State Jail – Bonham
  • Choice Moore Transfer Facility – Bonham
  • Federal Corrections Institute – Seagoville
  • Juvenile Detention Center (Henry Wade)


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Provides prisoners with the free Catholic scripture, faith and prayer resources they need to restore their relationship with the Catholic church and with God. The mission includes all who suffer the effects of crime: victims and their loved ones, as well as prisoners, those released from prison, and the entire community.

The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) promotes Catholic ministry to all those affected by incarceration. Our goal is to recruit, train, support and empower those called to minister with the poor and marginalized. We hope to create a more just and merciful criminal justice system closely aligned with the ministry of the Church and the teachings and example of Pope Francis.

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