This comprehensive resource combines Catholic Church teaching, the best in current sociological and psychological thinking on incarceration, and the reflections and stories of a trained and certified Catholic lay chaplain who has been doing prison ministry for over twenty years.
The book is arranged in four sections: The Framework for Prison Ministry, The General Pastoral Needs, Specific Pastoral Needs, Constraints that Affect Restorative Justice.
Topics addressed include:
• Catholic Prison Ministry as Evangelization
• Spiritual, Communal, and Individual Practices to Avoid Burn-out
• Current Theories on Why People Commit Crime
• Characteristics of Criminal Thinking
• Pastoral Needs of Inmates
• Pastoral Needs of Staff and Families of Inmates
• Pastoral Needs of Inmates in Confinement
• Special Pastoral Needs of Women in Prison and of Inmates with Children
The book also includes articles and stories from Chaplain Recinella’s challenging, heart-breaking, transformative, and life-giving encounters with those he has served. While When We Visit Jesus in Prison is an essential guide for those entrusted with this ministry, it is also invaluable for the ordinary Catholic striving to understand the needs of incarcerated men and women and to have a deeper appreciation for the Works of Mercy.