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ACCA Leadership Team for 2017/2019 ...


                President – Tim O’Dell

                First VP – Fr. Richard Deshaies

                Second VP – Deacon John Tomandl

                Treasurer – Chuck Williams

                Secretary – Dale Hale



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The American Correctional Chaplains Association -Northeast Region

2017 Annual Training Conference

Monday, March 20, 2017 to Wednesday, March 22, 2017

(12 Contact Hours)

 THEME:  The Chaplain and The Returning Citizen – Part 2




MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.        Check-In.  NOTE:  Check-in will NOT begin until 1:00 p.m.  If you arrive early have lunch on your own, take a nap in your car or unwind with a walk.

 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.       Welcome, Getting to Know Conference Participants and Overview by Rev. Cokelia Dunn, ACCA-NE Regional Manager (Out-going), Facility Chaplain, George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Thornton, Pa. - Protestant Chaplain, SCI - Chester, Chester, Pa.

 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Introduction of the Conference Theme – The Chaplain and the Returning Citizen – Part 2

Rev. Cris Mogenson, Coordinating Chaplain, Office of the Sheriff, Binghamton, New York                  

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     FREE TIME

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.     DINNER

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Evening Workshop – Healing Communities Initiatives - Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear - National Director of the Healing Communities, USA Prison and Prisoner Reentry Ministry; Associate Professor of Applied Theology, Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C.

TUESDAY,  MARCH 21, 2017

7 a.m. - Faith Communities’ Worship Services

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.      BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          The Personal Experiences of a Returned Citizen - Mr. Albert Dunn – Returned citizen over thirty (30) years

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.     Break

 10:45 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.   Parole- Preparing the Returning Citizen to Leave - Mr. Donald Hawkins, Supervisor, SCI-Chester, Chester, Pa.  He will discuss how Parole prepares the person for returning to the community.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.          LUNCH

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       Chaplains and the Religious Community – Assisting the Returning Citizen. – Panel (ACCA-NE Chaplains) and the following:

  • Pastor Stephen Smickley, Calvary Chapel of Delaware County
  • Pastor RashaAd Grove, 1st Baptist Church, Wayne, Pa.
  • Pastor Raymond Merriweather, 1st Baptist Church of Darby, Darby, Pa.
  • Bishop Allen Williams – Pastor, Rhema Word, Glen Burnie, Maryland Faith Fellowship of Churches and Ministries


3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.           Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           “It’s A Family Affair” – Mr. Kenneth Pinkney shares his story of how his family is handling the issues around their Returning Citizen

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.           Break

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.           DINNER

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 pm.            ACCA NE - Region Membership Meeting – Election of 2017- 2019 Officers (Regional Manager, Assistant Regional Manager and Secretary)

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017

7 a.m.  -  Faith Communities’ Worship Services

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               BREAKFAST

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.         Discussion - Best Practices for Chaplains with Presenters available for questions/discussion

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       State Directors/Coordinating Chaplains Discussions

12:00 Noon                              CLOSING AND LUNCH

1 PM                                             DEPARTURE


 (Please pick up your certificates at the Registration table in exchange for a completed evaluation and name tag holder)



The National Catholic Reporter has a timely article by  in the

The article is 'click-able' here -



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
  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
 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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