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Mailing Address: Auburn Correctional Facility, Att: ACCA Chaplains Office

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This Summer at the ACA Congress in St. Louis

“The Power of Positive Peers:  The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program” will be a workshop scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017 from 2-3:30pm.  Your workshop information is below.  If there are any updates that need to be added, please let me know.  Also, please ensure that all participants become ACA members and register for the conference. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

The Power of Positive Peers:  The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program

Staff Development and Training

 

Texas’ Eastham Prison (“America’s Worst” in a 1986 Newsweek cover story) experienced significant positive Prison Culture Transformation over an extended period of time.  How did it happen?  This workshop will explore the factors that influence transformation, including administrative leadership support and the role of volunteers. Special attention will be given to the strategic role of offender, faith-based volunteer service in a comprehensive chaplaincy program.  

Moderator: Warden Burl Cain, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola (Retired), Walker, Louisiana

Speakers: Vance L. Drum, D.Min., Director of Chaplaincy Operations, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Past President, American Correctional Chaplains Association

American Correctional Association / American Correctional Chaplains Association

                                 Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

   800 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO  63101

    America’s Center Convention Complex, Exhibit Halls 4 & 5

701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO  63101

August 18-22, 2017

 

 

Mon & Tues: America’s Center Convention Complex                   Sat & Sun:  Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

 701 Convention Plaza                                                                                 800 Washington Ave.

 St. Louis, MO  63101

 Phone: (314) 342-5036                                                                               St. Louis, MO  63101

                                                                                                                          Phone: (314) 621-9600

 

                                                 CHAPLAINCY SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

 

8:0011:00 a.m.                                        ACCA Certification Committee (& Interviews)

Shaw Boardroom, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

9:0011:00 a.m.                                        ACCA Program & Regional Managers Committee

Benton Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

9:00-11:00 a.m.                                            ACCA Standards Committee

                                                                          Parkview Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

10:00-11:00 a.m.                                       ACCA Budget & Finance Committee

                                                                          Aubert Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

10:00-11:00 am                                           ACCA Communications Committee

Portland Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.                              American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Assoc.

Executive Council/Membership Meeting

Parkview Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

11:00-12:00 a.m.                                       American Protestant Correctional Chaplains Assoc.

                                                                          Business Meeting

                                                                          Aubert Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.                                Lunch Break

 

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.                                ACCA Membership & Technology Meeting

                                                                     Portland Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

1:303:30 p.m.                                           ACCA Executive Council

                                                                     Aubert Meeting Room, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

 

 

 

Dinner Break

 

6:008:00 p.m.                                           ACCCA Annual Dinner – Restaurant TBA

Deacon John Tomandl, Contact Person: prisondeacon@gmail.com

Fr. Richard A. Deshaies, SJ, Hospitality: rdeshaies@jesuits.org

 

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

 

8:009:30 a.m.                                          ACA Religion & FaithBased Services Committee

Westmoreland-Kingsbury Meeting Rooms, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

8:00-9:45 a.m.                                          ACA Hospitality/Prayer/Meditation Room

                                                                      Landmark Ballroom 3, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

9:4510:45 a.m.                                    ACA All Conference Interfaith Service

 Landmark Ballroom 3, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.                          APCCA Protestant Worship Service

                                                                      Landmark Ballroom 3, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.                          ACCCA Roman Catholic Sunday Mass

                                                                      Landmark Ballroom 1, Marriott St. Louis Grand

 

Lunch Break

 

 

1:304:00 p.m.                                          ACCA Membership Business Meeting

                                                                      Westmoreland-Kingsbury Meeting Rooms, Marriott St. Louis Grand

...     St. Louis Membership Business Meeting Agenda

I.  Call to Order: 

II. Devotional Thought and Prayer:

III. Introductions (name, organization, position, 20-second positive sentence from your field):

IV. ACA Prayer and Meditation Room Sign-up

V.  Fellowship Dinner Count of Those Intending to Attend Tonight:  Fr. Rich Deshaies

VI. Approval of Member Business Meeting Minutes

VII. Treasurer’s Report:  Chuck WIlliams

VIII. Standing Committee Reports

A.  Membership: 

B.  Budget and Finance:  Tim O’Dell

C.  Certification:  Norma Gillom

D. Communications:  Deacon John Tomandl

E. Program:  Fr. Rich Deshaies

F.  Constitution and By-laws:  Dale Hale

IX. Faith Group Representative Reports

Catholic:

Protestant: 

Islamic: 

                   

X. Announcements, Appointments and Reports

          Workshop -

Title:  "The Power of Positive Peers:  The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program."
When:  Monday, August 21, 2017
Time:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where:  TBD
Presenter:  Vance L. Drum, D.Min., Director of Chaplaincy Operations, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Moderator:  Warden Burl Cain, Warden (ret.), Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA

 

XI. Old Business

  

XII. New Business

  

XIII. Adjournment and Prayer

 

5:458:00 p.m.                                     ACCA Hospitality Meal Meet at 5:45 p.m. at Marriott St. Louis Grand Lobby (800 Washington Ave.)

Dinner - 6:15 p.m. TBD

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

 

8:30-10:00 a.m.                           ACA General Session, Invocation and Reading of Names (deceased of past year) by ACCA President and members (check program book for location)

 

10:00-10:30 a.m.                                Dedication & Opening of ACA Hospitality Prayer Room (open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

                                                                      America’s Center Convention Complex, Room 125

 

2:00-3:30 p.m.                                         ACA Workshop:  “The Power of Positive Peers: The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program, Staff Development and Training.”

              Venue TBD

Speaker:  Vance L. Drum, D.Min., Director of Chaplaincy Operations, Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, Past President, American Correctional Chaplains Association

Moderator:  Warden Burl Cain (retired), Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Walker, Louisiana. 

 

Description:  Texas’ Eastham Prison (“America’s Worst” in a 1986 Newsweek Cover Story) experienced significant positive Prison Culture Transformation over an extended period of time.  How did it happen?  This workshop will explore the factors that influence transformation, including administrative leadership support and the role of volunteers.   Special attention will be given to the strategic role of offender, faith-based volunteer service in a comprehensive chaplaincy program.*

(*  Workshop room locations are subject to change so check the program book)

 

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

8:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.                               ACA Hospitality Prayer Room

                                                                      Westmoreland-Kingsbury Meeting Rooms, Marriott St. Louis Grand

               

 

 

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The National Catholic Reporter has an by  in the

The article is 'click-able' here - http://ncronline.org/news/spirituality/bringing-god-detention-center-work-mercy

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American Jails Magazine Special Issue on Chaplaincy Available Online:


While a few years since the publication, the July/August 2012 issue of the American Jail Association's magazine, which was devoted to 'Keeping the Faith - Religious Issues in Jails' is still a bench mark for chaplains and should be considered required reading. AJA's journal described the chaplaincy as: "Meeting the religious needs of inmates from all faith groups without breaking the budget, the law or security can be a formidable challenge. This unique issue of American Jails focuses on religious programming, including best practices and the role that a professional chaplain plays in the proper management of a detention facility." Several of the articles, a dual guest editorial, guest 'Chaplain's Corner' column and tribute to Sister Margaret Graziano have been contributed by ACCA members. To download a pdf file of the entire issue, click here .

  ACCA Endorsed Pew Forum 50-State Survey on Prison Chaplaincy Released
To view the entire report, go to http://www.pewforum.org/Social-Welfare/prison-chaplains-exec.aspx
  Paper on Prison Chaplaincy Published
A paper on prison chaplaincy by Tom O'Connor and Jeff Duncan entitled 'The Sociology of Humanist, Spiritual, and Religious Practices in Prison: Supporting Responsivity and Desistance from Crime' is now available via the internet. For a free full-text pdf download, go to http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/2/4/590/
 Sunday TV Mass Serves Inmates Nationwide
The American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association recommends a special Sunday Mass produced for those unable to participate in a parish liturgy that is now available via TV. For more information about this program, Click Here
 
ACA Religious Faith Policy
The American Correctional Association renewed its 'Public Correctional Policy on Religious Faith and Practice' at the 140th Congress of Correction, August, 2010. To read that policy, Click Here.
 
Article on Faith-Based Prison Units
To read an excellent article by Stephen Hall about Indiana's PLUS program, Click Here
Reprinted with permission of the American Correctional Association, Alexandria, VA
  

 

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