Announcing the Launch of online<br> Certification Program in Prison and Detention Ministry
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Feb-Mar, 2013
Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Correctional Chaplain Florida's Death Row & Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella,Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed and for seventeen years a Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults.

Announcing the Launch of online
Certification Program in Prison and Detention Ministry

By: Dale S. Recinella
Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida’s Death Row

Over the last many years, our burgeoning prison and jail populations in the U.S. have presented a challenge for Catholic prison ministry.

It is not unusual that the areas with the greatest concentrations of prisoners also have the fewest Catholics in the surrounding areas. The needs of Catholic prison ministry are generally being met by wonderful lay volunteers and deacons who feel called to provide this service. In many cases the lay volunteers are near or in retirement and see prison ministry as a way to give something back in gratitude for all the gifts that God has provided in their life.

The piece that has been missing is the availability of a comprehensive and affordable program to enhance the prison ministry of lay volunteers and deacons. The development of a program to meet this need has been in the works for over two years is now available and ready to accept registrations. The program is being offered through Saint Leo University in Florida (just outside Tampa) but it is all online and is available over the Internet anywhere in the world.

Participants who complete the program will receive a Certification in Prison and Detention Ministry from Saint Leo University.

Program Description
A convenient four course online program (eight modules per course) for lay volunteers and deacons involved in or entering prison ministry to achieve the core competencies necessary to adequately present the Catholic faith inside prisons and detention facilities, including basic principles of Catholic catechesis, evangelization in the setting of prisons and detention facilities, command of basic Catholic theology and interaction between Catholic Christians and other Christian denominations as well as other faiths, and a comprehensive overview of the interpersonal and social skills necessary for social interaction in the prison and detention setting.

Requirements:
Prerequisites

• For certificate and credit programs: Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Chancery or Diocesan head of prison ministry (or, at their direction, applicant’s parish pastor or other priest who will be providing pastoral supervision to the applicant’s activities in prison and detention ministry).
And –
• For Certificate Program: High school completion level fluency in reading and writing, as evidenced by a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• For Undergraduate Credit: Successful matriculation as an undergraduate student.

Standards for Certificate and Undergraduate Program:
Each module will have a post-test or assignment to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter.

General Policy Issues:
Because the entire program is provided online, student participation is available from anywhere in the world.

• Applicants must be comfortable with online activities and able to handle the program with tutorial help;
• Saint Leo University’s highly respected online format makes the program user-friendly and accessible to the average layperson called to prison and detention ministry as a volunteer and to deacons.

Curriculum (each consisting of an eight-week module: total of 4 eight-week modules):
A. REL 123 Foundations of the Christian Faith
B. REL 468 Catechetical Introduction
C. REL 100 Social Skills for Interaction in the Prison and Detention Facility Setting
D. REL 200 Credible and Responsible Ministry in the Prison and Detention Setting

The initial class group (maximum 30 students) will be presented in 2013 as follows:
Summer Semester I: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 29-June 23 Foundations of the Christian Faith
Summer Semester II: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1-August 25 Catechetical Introduction
Fall Semester I: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 26-October 20 Social Skills for Interaction
Fall Semester II: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 21-December 15 Credible and Responsible Ministry

Program Objectives:
Participants will demonstrate:

• A grasp of the significance of prison and detention ministry as a component of the Church’s core mission of evangelization.
• A grasp of the means of catechesis in prison and detention ministry and the use of Sacred Scripture, the Catechism and the social justice teachings of the Church in order to authentically present the Christian message.
• A grasp of the role of evangelization in prison and detention ministry as a component of the overall catechetical activity of the U.S. Church.
• A grasp of the basic foundational principles of Catholic faith and of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
• A grasp of the basic spiritual, communal and catechetical practices necessary to the formation and maintenance of Catholic prison ministers.
• A practical understanding of the proper interaction between Catholic Christians and other Christian denominations, as well as other faiths, in Catholic prison and detention ministry.
• A practical understanding of the interpersonal and social skills necessary for social interaction in the prison and detention setting with all stakeholders, including inmates and detainees, their families, friends and advocates, officers and staff, administration and government officials, and crime victims and their families.

Initial Project Group:
Since the first cohort is being treated as a Demonstration Project, Saint Leo University has agreed to a discounted rate of $600 per student for the four-course package. It is anticipated that the cost will be split $300 from the student and $300 from the student’s diocese or parish.

Future Students:
On an ongoing basis, the full four-course certificate program will cost $900 per student for the four-course package. It is an anticipated that the cost will be split $450 from the student and $450 from the student’s diocese or parish. Grant funds will be sought to help defray a portion of this cost.

Registration and Enrollment Contact: Janelle LeMeur (352)588-7538 or email Janelle

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Upcoming Events:

Now I Walk on Death Row – Knights of Malta
   DALE S. RECINELLA
          Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row
   DR. SUSAN RECINELLA
          Catholic Volunteer for Ministry to Families of the Executed


Third Biennial Prison Ministry Symposium
When Jesus Comes to Us in the Face of the Prisoner
Saturday April 6, 2013
Newark, NJ
By invitation only


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Now I Walk on Death Row – NCJPM
   DALE S. RECINELLA
          Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row
   DR. SUSAN RECINELLA
          Catholic Volunteer for Ministry to Families of the Executed

32nd Annual National Convocation of Jail & Prison Ministry
Building Bridges Not Walls
Hosted by Diocesan Council of Orlando’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul

May 19 – 21, 2013

Drury Inn & Suites
7301 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819      407.354.1101

For Information: Call 407.814.3869 or email

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Now I Walk on Death Row - in Florida
DALE S. RECINELLA
     Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row

Jesuit High School
Thursday March 22, 2013
Tampa, FL
For Students and Faculty – all others by invitation only

For information contact:
    Mrs. Rania Saade,
Theology Department
    Jesuit High School
    4701 N. Himes Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33614     813-877-5344 Ext 112

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John Paul II High School
Thursday April 11, 2013
Tallahassee, FL

Distinguished Citizen Lecture Series
For Students and Faculty – all others by invitation only


For information contact:
    Claire Duchemin, Attorney

    Tallahassee, FL     850.270.9870

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Conversion in the Year of Faith
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council # 9236 of St. Andrew’s Parish & The Orlando Diocese/Office of Advocacy and Justice
PO Box 1800, Orlando, Florida 32801

Sunday April 21, 2013 11:30am – 3:30pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church
801 N. Hastings St.
Orlando, FL 32808

For information contact:
Deborah Stafford Shearer, Director
Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy and Justice
PO Box 1800, Orlando, Florida 32801
Ph. 407.246.4820 Fax. 407.246.4942 or email



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Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed

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Excellent book on the topic!,
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The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty is a must-read. It deals with Biblical standards of Capital Punishment and then compares them to the system used in America today. It is the best-researched, most faithful to scripture, and most evenhanded analysis I have ever read concerning the Death Penalty. Whatever your persuasion on the issue, this book will teach you a great deal. Recinella is a trained lawyer and committed Christian who now volunteers part-time on Florida's death row. He thus understands law, the Bible, and the system of execution in America. I challenge anyone who supports the Death Penalty to read this book.



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