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Mailing Address: American Correctional Chaplains Association

P.0. Box 5345, Bozeman, MT  59717

Telephone: (406) 581-4013


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The Faith Factor

Inmate Peer Ministry



Rev. Norma Gillom

President, American Correctional Chaplains Association

Be sure to click on the link to read The President's Messages



A Christmas Prayer


Heavenly Father,


We celebrate the birth of your Son, Jesus, remembering the words of the angels on the night of his birth, “Peace on earth to all good will”.

 Today, as never before, Almighty God, we pray for Your loving peace. May peace be the guiding force in the hearts of our world leaders. May peace reign in every corner of the globe and in the hearts of every man, woman, and child upon this earth.

This Christmas and always, may we embrace Your wonderful gift with courage, and conviction. In doing so, we will also be embracing Your greatest gift to us, Your Son, The Prince of Peace! Amen

— Rev. Norma Gillom, President of the ACCA

                                          ______ Prayers For The New Year ______


Eternal God, You gave us the greatest gift: the gift of life. 
In the coming year, help us use it wisely. 
May we grow in generosity, kindness and forgiveness, hope, faith and love. 
— Rabbi Evan Moffic

I believe that I enter a glorious new year to be filled with prayer and praise.
With service to God and mankind, with inspired creative activity.
I believe that God’s presence goes with me wherever I shall go this year, by train or Ires or car or boat, slowly paced on foot, or high in air.
I believe his love is shining in my body, his wisdom guides my mind, his peace fills me with poise, his strength is ever at my call.
Oh I believe that this is God’s new year.
— Elizabeth Searle Lamb

May the Lord make my New Year a happy one...
Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes.
Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path.
Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships.
Not by granting me unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.
Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where men and His cause need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help...
God, make my year a happy one.
— from Guideposts magazine

As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.
Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, color or creed.
Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.
Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.
May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.
— Rev. Marcy Sheremetta

In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate. And blessings and peace be upon our liege-lord Muhammad, his family and companions. O Allah, Thou are the First from All Eternity. By Thou great bounty and generosity, this is the dawn of another new year. (So) I beseech Thee at this hour to bestow upon me (a) an impregnable shield from the malevolent plots of the accursed Satan, his allies and his foot-soldiers and (b) succour over the evil-self that incites to deviation, disobedience, and sin and (c) to engage in that which brings proximity to Thee. O possessor of Supreme Majesty and Unrivalled Generosity. And blessings and peace be upon the unlettered Prophet, Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

Dua for the Start and End of Hijrah Year (English Transliteration)



Winter Conference Schedule

Phoenix - January 6 - 9, 2022


Thursday January 6,2022

 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Plenary Session 1 Emerging Legal Trends in Corrections 

12–1:30 p.m.      Health Care Special Session and Luncheon West Ballroom, PCC

3:00p.m. -4:00-p.m. Performance -Base Standards and Expected Practices PCC 130

5:30–6:30 p.m.   Health Care Network Reception Sheraton Hotel

6:00p.m. 7:30 p.m. Prison Fellowship Academy at Perryville 2105 North Citrus Road
Goodyear, AZ 85395

Friday, January 7,2022

10:30-a.m. 12:00 p.m.  ACCA and Prison Fellowship Inc. present Leveraging Passion Into Productivity: The Role of the Volunteer and Covid-19 

1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.  ACA General Session

  3:15–5:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open House Reception Phoenix Convention Center.

 5:30–6:30 p.m.   Health Care Network Reception Sheraton Hotel.

Saturday, January 8,2022 

7:15-8:15 Substance Abuse Committee 124 B PCCC

8:00-9:30 a.m. Religion and Faith based Committee 122A PCC

8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Prayer and Meditation Room 121C

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Legal Issues Committee 122B

2:30 pm. -3:30 p.m. ACCA Executive Council Room 122A

3:00p.m. -5:00p.m. Our ACA Heritage: Through the Eyes of a Chaplain Room

6:30 p.m.  ACCA Fellowship Dinner


 Sunday January 9,2022

 8:00 a.m. -3:00p.m. Prayer and Meditation Room 121C

 8:30- 9:30 a.m. Worship service Room 121C speaker Rev.  Kenneth Herman, Chaplain
Director of Chaplaincy Services Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry

10:00a.m. 12:00 noon Delegate Assembly