Students from across the state in the fall of 2014 completed a 15-month prison ministry leadership program developed by the Catholic Conference of Illinois and Lewis University in Romeoville. Fr. Chris Reuter, O.F.M., of the Belleville diocese celebrated a commissioning Mass for the students at Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Lewis campus in November 2014. The students will now coordinate other prison and jail ministry volunteers in their respective dioceses.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois and Lewis University have teamed up to develop a Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum. Students participate in workshops and online classes during the 15-month program, which culminates in certification from the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association, an organization accredited by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Students from across the state met for their first workshop in August 2013, and will complete the program in October 2014