Prison Chaplains

Prison Ministry serves about 37 correctional facilities in the 12 county Archdiocese which includes jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities. Led by Deacon Tim Zinda, Prison Ministry provides a Catholic, sacramental presence in these facilities, spiritual direction, and support to inmates of all faiths. There about 90 active, Catholic volunteers which include priests, deacons, and lay persons from the Archdiocese ministering in these facilities.

Prison Ministry also facilitates REC (Residents Encounter Christ) which is a 2-day weekend spiritual retreat. REC is built around the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In this process, prison participants experience the forgiveness and love of God and a renewed spirit of hope and peace. The REC retreats are put on once a year at 3 different prisons: Lino Lakes, Stillwater, and Rush City. Anywhere from 40 to 80 inmates attend and many inmates who have previously been through REC assist with these retreats. 

2018 Goal Amount: $45,345

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For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.