Rehabilitation and restoration must include the spiritual dimension of healing and hope.“
— USCCB, Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice (2000)
The Catholic Conference of Illinois coordinates the Illinois Catholic Prison and Jail Ministry Network, which is made up of clergy and laity from each diocese who minister to prisoners and inmates of state, federal and local institutions. The Network is organized as a practical response to Church teachings and the call of our bishops.
Marilou Gervacio serves as the CCI staff member for the Illinois Catholic Prison and Jail Ministry Network.
Diocesan representatives include the following:
Dr. MaryClare Birmingham
Phone: (773) 247-0070
Mr. Lou Slapshak
Phone: (618) 234-8334
Deacon Joe LaHood
Rev. Howard Barch
Rev. Dan Willenborg
Phone: (217) 532-5288