Supporting Those in Prison

Within the boundaries of the Diocese of Harrisburg there are fifteen prisons – twelve county prisons, two state prisons and one federal penitentiary.

The Diocesan Conference of Prison Chaplains and Ministers consists of those serving as prison chaplains or lay ministers approved by a local pastor or the Bishop.

Their Mission

  • provide a resource and network of support for those in prison
  • assist in the formulation of diocesan policy and procedures with regard to prison ministry, when appropriate and necessary
  • encourage and facilitate the involvement of laity and ordained in the prison ministry apostolate
Pennsylvania Reentry List

The Lionheart Foundation compiled the following information over many months. The Diocese of Harrisburg does not endorse, investigate or support any of the below agencies or programs. They are provided for informational purposes only.

Prison Fellowship Angel Tree equips churches to strengthen relationships between incarcerated parents and their children and support the families of prisoners year-round.


The Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition promotes ministry to all people affected by incarceration and detention. They recruit, train, support and empower those called to this ministry.


The mission of Dismas Ministry is to provide prisoners with the free Catholic scripture, faith and prayer resources they need to restore their relationship with the Catholic church and with God.

A Prayer for Justice & Mercy

Jesus, united with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
give us your compassion for those in prison.
Mend in mercy the broken in mind and memory.
Soften the hard of heart, the captives of anger.
Free the innocent; parole the trustworthy.
Awaken the repentance that restores hope.
May prisoners’ families persevere in their love.

Jesus, heal the victims of crime;
they live with the scars.
Lift to eternal peace those who die.
Grant victims’ families the forgiveness that heals.
Give wisdom to lawmakers and to those who judge.
Instill prudence and patience to those who guard.
Make those in prison ministry bearers of your light,
for all of us are in need of your mercy!

(Prayer provided by the PNCEA Prison Ministries)

Oración por la Justicia y la Misericordia

Jesús, unido al Padre y al Espíritu Santo,
danos tu compasión por los encarcelados.
Sana las mentes afligidas por los recuerdos.
Suaviza los corazones endurecidos,
atrapados por la ira.
Libera a los inocentes;
da libertad a los que la merecen.
Despierta el arrepentimiento
que restaura la esperanza.
Que las familias de los prisioneros
perseveren en amar a los suyos.

Jesús, sana a las víctimas que
viven con las heridas de los crímenes.
Recibe en tu paz eterna a los que mueren.
Da a las familias de las víctimas
el perdón que alivia su dolor.
Llena de sabiduría a los legisladores y a los jueces.
A los guardias, infúndeles paciencia y prudencia.
Que los ministros de prisiones sean faros de tu luz,
pues todos necesitamos de tu misericordia.

Adams County Prison

Deacon Tom Aumen
Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Hanover

Office: 717-637-5236

Columbia County Prison

Fr. Richard Mowery
Joe Mullen
St Columba Parish

Office: 570-784-0801

Cumberland County Prison

Deacon Bill Centenera
Fr Don Bender
St Patrick, Carlisle

Office: 717-243-4411

Dauphin County Prison

Deacon Francis Skorija
St Margaret Mary, Harrisburg

Office: 717-233-3062

Franklin County Prison

Deacon Richard Ramsey
Fr. Allan Wolfe
Corpus Christi, Chambersburg

Office: 717-264-6317

Lancaster County Prison

Deacon Jorge Nazario
Fr Matthew Morelli
St Anthony of Padua, Lancaster

Office: 717-394-0669

Lebanon County Prison

Fr Michael Laicha
Doris Witmer
St Cecilia, Lebanon

Office: 717-272-4412

Mifflin County Prison

Fr William Weary
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Lewistown

Office: 717-242-2781

Montour County Prison

Fr Timothy Marcoe
Saint Joseph Parish, Danville

Office: 570-275-2512

Perry County Prison

Fr Robert Sharman
St Bernard, New Bloomfield

Office: 717-582-4113

SCI Camp Hill

Deacon Jorge Vera, Sr.
Fr J Michael McFadden
St Theresa of the Infant Jesus, New Cumberland

Office: 717-774-5918

SCI Coal Township

Sr. Susan Mary Born, IHM
Fr Theodore Neculaes, OFM
Fr Nicholas Spano
St Patrick, Trevorton

Office: 570-797-8251

Snyder County Prison

Fr Joshua Cavender
St Pius X, Selinsgrove

Office: 570-374-4113

Union County Prison

Fr John Hoke
St Joseph, Milton

Office: 570-742-4356

US Penitentiary Lewisburg

Fr John Hoke
St Joseph, Milton

Office: 570-742-4356

York County Prison

Fr Kyle Sahd
Fr Peter Rettig
St Joseph, York

Office: 717-755-7503


Deacon Armando Torres

Director for Culture & Outreach

Phone: 717-657-4804 x221

Want to make a difference?


The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Prison Ministry program ministers to those who are incarcerated and also to those outside of the prison, including families and victims of the incarcerated. Please consider being part of the healing and transformation of those in prison. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the parish that is associated with the prison.