Prison Ministry

Below is a listing of all the prisons in the Diocese of Savannah. It is our ongoing mission to see that a priest, religious sister, deacon or certified volunteer is visiting each facility and meeting the spiritual needs of its inmates. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at a prison in your area, please feel free to contact Deacon Jim Hunt at Sacred Heart Church in Warner Robins at (478) 923-0124. Deacon Hunt is the official contact person for Prison Ministry in our Diocese.
Resources are also available through Dismas Ministry which provides inmates with free bibles, prayer books and other materials.

Prison County City, State Parish Parish Contact Activities
Augusta State Medical Prison Richmond Grovetown, GA St. Joseph - Augusta Gene Griner (706) 733-1900 Communion Tuesday nights with volunteers alternates between Catechism and Bible study.
Autry State Prison Mitchell Pelham, GA Immaculate Conception - Moultrie Paul Everett (229) 985-6550 Communion service Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 - 9 pm; Mass monthly
Calhoun State Prison Calhoun Morgan, GA St. Teresa - Albany Deacon Jay Dallas (229) 439-2303 Scripture and Communion Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, catechesis Thursdays at 6:30 pm; Eucharist monthly
Central State Prison Bibb Macon, GA Immaculate Conception - Dublin; Holy Spirit - Macon Deacon Dennis Arcand (478) 788-6386 Mass and Reconciliation on the first Friday of each month
Coastal State Prison Chatham Garden City, GA Our Lady of Lourdes
Port Wentworth
Deacon Jerry Clark (912) 356-6980 Visits Saturdays 6:30 pm
Mass once a month
Coffee Correctional Facility (P) Coffee Nicholls, GA St. Paul - Douglas Fr. Paul O'Connell
(912) 384-3560
Mass with catechesis and confessions Thursdays 2 - 4 pm
D. Ray James Correctional Facility (P) Charlton Folkston, GA Our Lady Star of the Sea - St. Mary's Fr. Mariusz Fuks, Fr. Bill Leahy (912) 882-4718 Spanish mass, catechesis, rosary and Confessions Mondays 6 - 9 pm
Dodge State Prison Dodge Chester, GA Holy Redeemer - McRae Fr. Steve Pontzer,


Mass in English with bi-lingual readings and homilies Wednesdays at 2 pm
Dooly State Prison Dooly Unadilla, GA Sacred Heart - Warner Robins Deacon Jim Hunt (478) 923-0124 Meet 3rd Monday of each month from 2 - 3:30 pm, some group study on other Mondays
Federal Correctional Institute Jesup Jesup, GA St. Joseph - Jesup Fr. Keith O'Neill (912) 427-9239 Full time chaplain for all three sections.
Georgia State Prison Tattnall Reidsville, GA Sacred Heart - Vidalia Dcn. Jim Spatcher  
Homerville State Prison Clinch Homerville, GA *Please contact Diocesan Office    
Jenkins Correctional Institute Jenkins Millen, GA Our Lady of the Assumption - Sylvania Fr. Louis Lussier (912) 564-2312 Meet twice monthly on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am, alternating with catechesis
Johnson State Prison Johnson Wrightsville, GA *Please contact Diocesan Office    
Lee State Prison Lee Leesburg, GA St. Teresa - Albany   Meet Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Macon State Prison Macon Oglethorpe, GA Sacred Heart - Warner Robins Deacon Jim Hunt (478) 923-0124 Meet the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 pm
McRae Prison (Federal Prison) Telfair McRae, GA Holy Redeemer - McRae   Mass Mondays at 5:00 pm
Milan State Prison Telfair Milan, GA * Please contact Diocesan Office    
Montgomery State Prison Montgomery Mount Vernon, GA * Please contact Diocesan Office    
Muskogee County Prison Muscogee Columbus, GA      
Pulaski State Prison Pulaski Hawkinsville, GA Holy Redeemer - McRae   Visits every other month
Rogers State Prison Tattnall Reidsville, GA St. Christopher - Claxton Deacon Jim Spacher (912) 739-3913 Scripture and Communion Service Saturday mornings
Rutledge State Prison Muscogee Columbus, GA St. Anne - Columbus Deacon John Quillen (706) 561-8678 Sunday evening ministry, area priests rotate to offer mass and confessions monthly
Smith State Prison Tattnall Glennville, GA St. Christopher - Claxton Deacon Jim Spacher (912) 739-3913 Visits 3rd Tuesday of every month
Stewart Detention Facility Lumpkin Lumpkin, GA     Visits several days per week, Mass on Mondays, also offers Sacramental prep and Confessions
Telfair State Prison Telfair Helena, GA * Please contact the Diocesan Office    
Valdosta State Prison Lowndes Valdosta, GA St. John the Evangelist - Valdosta Deacon Paul Worth (229) 244-2430, Antonio Rivera, Mario Ortiz Meet on Thursday evenings for 2 hours, quarterly Eucharist, RCIA on Wednesdays when they have candidates
Ware State Prison Ware Waycross, GA St. Joseph - Waycross Fr. Bob Cushing (912) 283-7700 Meet Thursdays 10 - 11 am
Washington State Prison Washington Davisboro, GA * Please contact the Diocesan Office    
Wayne State Prison Wayne Odum, GA * Please contact the Diocesan Office    
Wheeler Correctional Facility Wheeler Alamo, GA Holy Redeemer - McRae Sr. Lucy Comer (229) 568-2002 Scripture service and communion first Monday of the month
Wilcox State Prison Wilcox Abbeville, GA St.Theresa - Cordele   Mass 1st Thursday of each month

* Stewart Detention Facility -You can also contact El Refugio, a hospitality house located at 655 Main Street in Lumpkin, GA – right outside the gates of Stewart Detention Center. Its purpose is to serve the family and friends of men detained. The house is open on weekends to welcome guests.  More information is found at  You can also call 229-234-9022.

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