Prison Ministry

Within the boundaries of the Diocese of Harrisburg, there are fifteen prisons – twelve county prisons, two state prisons, and one federal penitentiary. The Diocesan Conference of Prison Chaplains and Ministers consists of those serving as prison chaplains or lay ministers approved by a local pastor or the Bishop.

Our mission is to provide a resource and network of support for those in prison; to assist in the formulation of diocesan policy and procedures with regard to prison ministry, when appropriate and necessary; and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of laity and ordained in the prison ministry apostolate.

We focus on ministry on those incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail, located on Iron Street, across from the YMCA.


Bill and Lori Harding

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