Prison and Jail Ministry

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


Catholic Chaplain Training Program

CCI worked with faculty at Lewis University in Romeoville to create a Catholic prison and jail chaplain training program. This 15-month, credit-worthy program consists of online courses and occasional two-day workshops. Read this brochure to learn more. Contact Dr. Christie Billups at Lewis University at (815) 836-5829 or for more information.


State prisons, state youth centers and federal prisons by diocese

Archdiocese of Chicago

State youth center

IYC Chicago

Federal prison

Metropolitan Correctional Center

Diocese of Belleville

State prisons

Big Muddy River Correctional Center

Centralia Correctional Center

Lawrence Correctional Center

Menard Correctional Center

Pickneyville Correctional Center

Shawnee Correctional Center

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center

Vienna Correctional Center

State youth centers

IYC Harrisburg

Federal prison

United States Penitentiary in Marion

Diocese of Joliet

State prison

Stateville Correctional Center

State youth centers

IYC Warrenville

Diocese of Peoria

State prisons

Danville Correctional Center

East Moline Correctional Center

Hill Correctional Center

Illinois River Correctional Center

Lincoln Correctional Center

Logan Correctional Center

Pontiac Correctional Center

Sheridan Correctional Center

Federal prison

Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin

Diocese of Rockford

State prisons

Dixon Correctional Center

State youth center

IYC St. Charles

Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois

State prisons

Decatur Correctional Center

Graham Correctional Center

Jacksonville Correctional Center

Robinson Correctional Center

Taylorville Correctional Center

Vandalia Correctional Center

Western Illinois Correctional Center

State youth center

IYC Pere Marquette

Federal prison

Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville