When We Visit Jesus in Prison: A Ministry of Hope, Courage and Joy – Dale Recinella


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Participants will encounter the face of Jesus through the lens of local parishes addressing the needs of men and women in our prisons and jails and of children with incarcerated parents. Participants will be introduced to the needs of the incarcerated in general and also to the specific needs of inmates with special conditions. What are the needs of women in jails and prisons? What are the needs of elderly inmates in prison? What are the needs of inmates suffering with physical or mental illness? What are the needs of children with incarcerated parents? How can we as parish and as Church respond to those needs effectively and bring the message of hope, courage and joy?


Dale Recinella has served for twenty-five years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic Correctional Chaplain in Florida’s prisons. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, in 1998 he began ministering cell-to-cell to the ≈ 400 men on Florida’s death row and the ≈ 2,000 men in Florida’s long-term solitary confinement.  For 19 years, he and his wife, Dr. Susan Recinella, have ministered as a team during executions: he serving as spiritual advisor to the condemned and his wife serving as a lay minister to the condemned’s family and loved ones. They also minister to the families and loved ones of murder victims in non-capital cases.  Mr. Recinella, who received a Masters in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) summa cum laude from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology (2009) and law degree magna cum laude from Notre Dame University Law School (1976), is a licensed Florida lawyer and has taught international law/business ethics in Europe, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, at St. John’s University at the Vatican (Oratorio) and at Temple University in Rome; and has designed and taught Credible and Responsible Ministry in Prison, Certificate Program in Prison and Detention Ministry, at Saint Leo University Theology Department, Saint Leo, Florida USA (2013 – 2015).  He has been a Community of Faith columnist for The Tallahassee Democrat and for over ten years was the prolife/prison and death penalty columnist for the statewide Florida Catholic.  He has appeared frequently on worldwide Vatican Radio, extensively addresses audiences nationally and in Europe, and with Dr. Susan, has raised 5 children. He has written over 400 articles and columns and multiple books.

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