Diocese of St. Augustine Prison Ministry program serves 17 counties from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, with more than 38 major prisons and 17 county jails. Our mission is to serve the men on death row and confinement as well as those who the criminal justice system has determined belong in prison without judging their guilt or innocence, but who wish to practice their faith.
“I (we) can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Our services consist of providing inmates with religious reading materials, cell-front ministry, Mass, reconciliation, bible studies, RCIA and counseling.
We also provide Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion services to groups of inmates, typically in a prison chapel or library, with lay ministers and clergy. We arrange Mass and reconciliation from a priest that is cleared to enter a Department of Corrections (DOC) facility or one of our county jails on regularly scheduled days. Priests or deacons are also available for pastoral visits or spiritual direction for death row, confinement and level 7 maximum security prison inmates or those awaiting trial in our jails.
Want to be a volunteer?
The diocesan prison ministry program keeps growing with more facilities being added and more inmates wanting coverage at existing facilities. We ask you to pray and see if the Holy Spirit might be calling you to join our Prison Ministry Team in some capacity.