Training Resources

Dismas Ministry has developed and published two special training resources for Catholic jail or prison ministry.

Messengers of Hope

This resource, used by several dioceses for training their volunteers, provides practical information and advice for those who are training others or for those who are on their own but need to prepare themselves for outreach to inmates.  This resource come with a special training DVD.

Understanding Trauma

This resource provides an examination of trauma, with the understanding that many people behind bars were perpetrators of trauma, but victims of trauma as well. As the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.” This publication is not an exhaustive study or explanation of trauma, but serves as a guide to help prison volunteers recognize the signs of trauma during their visits, as well as provides resources that may be helpful to both the prison visitor and the prisoner.

Both publications are available in both English and Spanish!


“We recently received this valuable resource and are very grateful. We would like to use it as our basic training manual for the entire Diocese.” – Terry Buquet,
Jail and Prison Ministry, Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina

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