Sponsored Event - Reclaiming Wholeness: Addiction | Recovery | Community

A free virtual event hosted by the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition | Thursday, September 29  - 7:30 pm ET

Four out of five people who are incarcerated enter confinement under the influence of a substance or with an existing substance use disorder. With this conversation the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) provides a platform for chaplains, ministers, loved ones, community members, and those in recovery to become compassionately aware and gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding addiction and incarceration.

Four voices, Jim Wahlberg (The Big Hustle, What About the Kids?), Evelene Duhart (Ignatian Spirituality Project), Lisa DeLaura (Just of DuPage), and host His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Tobin (Archdiocese of Newark) come together to share their wisdom and stories, their road to recovery, and how they accompany others impacted by this disease.

Learn more and register for the free virtual event on the CPMC website


Co-sponsored by: Archdiocese of Newark, Our Sunday Visitor, Ignatian Spirituality Project, JUST of DuPage County, and the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. This program is an educational activity of CPMC, with content based on Catholic prison ministries competencies approved by the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service.

The USCCB as a Formation Resource

The USCCB as a Formation Resource

Bishop Gerald Kicanas discusses how review of ministry formation and certification standards by the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry & Service is a resource for bishops, diocesan ministry programs, and national ministry...

We resource bishops, regional and state conferences of bishops, diocesan programs, and professional ministry associations and organizations across the country. We support their efforts to train those who minister in the name of the Church.

  • We review and approve certification standards, competencies, and procedures, primarily for specialized ministry leadership roles in the Church for lay ecclesial ministers, but also for some priests and deacons.
  • We promote these standards and other ministry formation resources, so that bishops, diocesan programs, and organizations we work with are aware of them, use them, and also promote them.
  • We consult on best practice resources and the promotion of lay ecclesial ministry formation and certification, especially with diocesan and academic programs which provide comprehensive ministry formation.

We are a subcommittee of the Committee on Catholic Education. Learn more about the mandate and work of our subcommittee.

Certifications Offered by Programs & Ministry Organizations with Approved Standards

For diocesan, parish-based, and Catholic school roles

Parish Life Director • Parish Business Manager • Adult Faith Formation • Catechetical Leaders • Charity & Justice Coordinator • Parish Director of Evangelization • Director of Music Ministries • Director of Worship (Diocesan & Parish)• Youth Ministry Leaders / Pastoral juvenil hispana (Diocesan & Parish) • High School Campus Minister • Pastoral Associate (various ministry leaders) ... and more!

For colleges/universities, hospitals / health care, prisons & detention centers and other groups

College Campus Minister • Board-Certified Catholic Health Care Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care for Persons who are Sick, Elderly or in need of Home Care • Catholic Correctional Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care in Prison, Jail, Detention Ministries • Board-Certified Veterans Chaplains

View Programs with Approved Standards for Ministry Certification

Learn more about the approvals we offer for certification standards.

Are you seeking ministry certification? Find out more here.

Catholic Prison Ministries: Formation Resources

Catholic Prison Ministries: Formation Resources

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo and Mr. Joseph Cotton of the Archdiocese of Seattle discuss the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition.

"We encourage ... creative ways of providing opportunities for the preparation and formation of lay ecclesial ministers, especially in mission and rural areas, and for meeting the needs of various cultural groups .... We encourage all engaged in the ministry of formation to provide for that assessment and evaluation."

"A shared formation program vision ... and the building of relationships among formators ... [help] realize the vision, principles, and components of the total formation process and how they are to be integrated."

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord:
A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry

pp. 33, 50