2013 PPCA Annual Conference


The Pennsylvania Prison Chaplains Association is pleased to announce our 2013 annual conference.

This year, the conference will take place October 1-3, 2013, in Carlisle, PA, at the Bongiorno Conference Center, which is a new conference location.

The conference will focus on evidence-based practices for religious programming, and will also feature a number of relevant and practical workshops.

This year’s conference will also feature two firsts:

1.  An optional tour of SCI Camp Hill or the Cumberland County Prison on Tuesday, October 1 PRIOR to the official start of the conference (see brochure for how to and the deadline for RSVP), and

2.  The first PPCA banquet featuring live music, special dinner entrees, and speakers.  This will take place on Wednesday, October 2.

For specific questions about the conference, contact Rev. Frank Lewis, President of the PPCA and FCPD at SCI Fayette as noted on the conference brochure.

Conference brochure – here.

Registration form – here

Link to PayPal for online payment here.  The email account associated with PPCA’s PayPal account is Pennsylvaniaprisonchaplains@gmail.com.  In the “note” section, please put your name so we know who the registration money is from!  If you need help with your online payment, please call Rev. Frank Lewis at (724) 364-2200, ext. 1225.

When Caring Eats Away At Your Soul: Compassion Fatigue, Rev. Keith Espenshade

Hello PPCA Members and Friends!

Here is a file of Rev. Keith Espenshade’s presentation at the 2012 PA Prison Chaplains Association Conference, “When Caring Eats Away At Your Soul: Compassion Fatigue,” that Rev. Espenshade agreed to share with us on our website.  Keith’s contact information is:

Rev. Keith Espenshade, M.Div.
Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor
Lancaster General Hospital
Chaplaincy Care & Education
555 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17604-3555
(717) 544-5325

The PPCA is grateful to Rev. Espenshade for sharing this wonderful information with us!

Summer In-Service and Training Institute for Chaplains, Imams, and Other Professionals (Muslim and other faith traditions) who Serve the Muslim Community

“A  Summer In-service and Training Institute for Chaplains, Imams and other  Professionals (Muslim and other faith traditions) who serve the Muslim  Community”

Presented by

The Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC)

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) &

The Islamic Seminary Foundation (ISF)


International Institute of Islamic Thought http://www.iiit.org/

500 Grove Street Herndon, VA 20170


Sat. June 9th- Prophetic Strategies for Working with Youth – Dr. Kiarash Jahed

Sat. June 16th- Contemporary Readings of the Quran – Prof. Zainab Alwani-

Sun. June 17th- Islamic Communities in America – Prof. Sulayman Nyang-

Sat. June 23rd- Counseling Muslims: The Basics – Prof. Jimmy Jones

Sun. June 24th- Effective Chaplaincy in Various Settings – Chaplain Mumina Kowalski

Fri.-Sun. June 29th- July 1st- Human Interaction: Understanding Covert Group Processes – Prof. Jimmy Jones & Chaplain Matiniah Yahya

June 29th 5:30-9:30pm, June 30th 8am-8:30pm, July 1st 8am-3pm

(All one-day workshops are 8:00am until 8:30pm)


Non-Refundable Application Fee: $15 for one or more workshops ($10 for AMC members)

One Day Workshop (including meals and 1  CEU): $50 ($40 for AMC members)

Three Day Workshop (including meals and 2 CEUs): $100 ($80 for AMC members)

Entire Institute (6 workshops – 7 CEUs): $250 ($200 for AMC members)

(CEUs awarded through the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences at no extra fee)

Endorsed by the Muslim Endorsement Council of CT (MECC) http://mecct.org/ and the Association of Muslim Mental Health http://www.muslimmentalhealth.com/

**All students must pay for their own travel and sleeping arrangements (group rate available at Holiday Inn Express, Herndon, address: 485 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170, Tel 703 478 9777 for $70 per night plus tax)

Institute Dean- Prof. Jimmy Jones, D.Min, President-ISF, Chair and Associate Professor of World Religions – Manhattanville College

Sign up at eventbrite link http://amcsummerinstitute1433.eventbrite.com ,

email: admin@masjidalislam.net or call 203-376-7189

Pennsylvania Prison Chaplains Association 2012 Annual Conference


It’s that time again!  Time for the PPCA’s annual conference!

Here are the links for the conference brochure and registration form:

2012 PPCA Conference Brochure

2012 PPCA Registration Form

Changes this year:

1.  Credit cards WILL NOT be accepted at the conference.  You can pay online by credit card when you register.  See registration form.  You can also mail in your registration.

2.  We MUST receive your registration paperwork prior to the August 23, 2012, deadline.  Please ensure that your institutions process your paperwork prior to the deadline.

See you there!

Last Letter “From the President’s Desk”

Hello to All of You!

I hope you are enjoying this season of Spring, and the new life that is beginning to bud.  To every one of the Christian faith, I trust that you had a wonderful celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To our Jewish friends, I pray that the Passover celebration, with your family and friends, is an enjoyable and treasured time.

This will be my last letter From the President’s Desk.

I wanted to say “thank you,” for allowing me to serve in the capacity of both vice president and president of the PPCA Executive Committee over the last three years.

At the end of June, I will be leaving the Department of Corrections (DOC).

The Lord has impressed on me not to renew my contract.  I knew when I took the job that I wouldn’t be a DOC contract vendor forever.  So, I’m stepping out in faith, and obeying what God has spoken to me.

When I turn in my keys for the last time I know it won’t be easy.  Prison has been good to me and good for me.  If you had told me 10 years ago that those words would ever come out of my mouth, I would have said you were crazy!

But prison has opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know anything about, and to many wonderful people of different faiths.  If God had not allowed me this journey, I would still have tunnel vision in many areas.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve alongside the members of the PPCA committee.  You are a wonderful group of people, and my husband, Donnie, and I will miss each of you.  Keep up the good work!

To each of you chaplains who serve on the front lines every day, I salute you and hold you in high regard for the job you do.  You will remain in my heart and in my prayers.

Again, thank you for allowing me to be a part of something Great!

Peace and Blessings,
Chaplain Brenda Libreatori

Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains

Many PPCA chaplains participated in Pew’s study of chaplaincy and religion in America’s prisons.  The results are in!

Professional prison chaplains see America’s state penitentiaries as places bustling with religious activity, ranging from efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates to religious switching by prisoners.

Read the rest here


Copyright 2012, S. E. Jihad Levine, All Rights Reserved

By the time Moses returned to the scene, his people had hit an all-time low. They worshipped idols, spoke slanderously of each other, and had wandered very far from the path of their forefathers. Perhaps he should have told them off, saying, “Repent, sinners, lest you perish altogether!” But he didn’t. Instead, he told them how G-d cared for them and felt their suffering, how He would bring about miracles, freedom and a wondrous future out of His love for them.

As for the rebuke, Moses saved that for G-d … read the rest here!