Catholic Charities

Prison Ministry

It is our ongoing mission to see that a priest, religious sister, deacon or certified volunteer is visiting each state prison 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 or the Director of Catholic Charities at 912-201-4058. Deacon Hunt is the official contact person for Prison Ministry in our Diocese regarding credentialing. He is also available to mediate problem situations.

Resources are available through Dismas Ministry which provides inmates with free bibles, prayer books and other materials. They sponsor the annual National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference.

There are three ICE Detention Facilities in our diocese:

  • Stewart Detention Center


    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.

  • Irwin County Detention Center


    Casa Colibrí, hospitality house in Ocilla. The South Georgia Immigrant Support Network (SGISN) opened a house to provide for families visiting detained loved ones. The house is now open every weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, managed by local volunteers. During the week, volunteer legal professionals, interpreters, and visitors utilize the house as well. All services are offered free of charge. Casa Colibrí is located four miles from the Irwin County Detention Center. Call 1-877-545-2473 for assistance in Spanish or English. Contact or visit the Casa Colibrí Facebook page.

  • Charlton County Detention Center


List of Prisons and Volunteers

Prison County Address Parish Contact Activities
Augusta State Medical Prison Richmond Grovetown, GA 30813
St. Teresa, Grovetown
Gene Griner, 706-733-1900
Fr. Mike Ingram
Mass: 4th Wednesday of the month 2pm - 4pm
Autry State Prison Mitchell Pelham, GA 31779
Immaculate Conception, Moultrie
Paul Everett, 229-344-8116
Fr. Alfonso Gutierrez
Mass and reconciliation once a month
Calhoun State Prison Calhoun Morgan, GA  39866
St. Teresa, Albany
Deacon Jay Dallas, 229-886-5955 
Kairos Weekends - Brother Jason Mulhenkamp & Brother Levis Kuwa
Mass once a month.  Tuesdays: 6:30 pm Communion Service.
Thursdays: 6:30 pm Catholic Class twice/month
Central State Prison Bibb Macon, GA  31208
Holy Spirit Church
Fr. David Koetter, 478-788-6386
Coastal State Prison Chatham Garden City, GA  31418  
Blessed Sacrament, Savannah
Deacon Jerry Clark, 912-356-6980
Fr. Brett Brannen
Saturday: 7-9 pm Communion services
Volunteers: Dcn. Jerry Clark, Joe Moriarty, Walt Kessel
Coffee Correctional Facility (P) Coffee Nicholls, GA  31554
St. Theresa, Cordele
Fr. Paulinus Okpala, 229-273-3446
Thursday: 2-4 pm, Mass with catechesis and confessions
D. Ray James Correctional Facility (P) Charlton Folkston, GA  31537
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Mary's
Fr. Mariusz Fuks & Fr. Bill Leahy, 912-882-4718
Monday: 6-9 pm Spanish Mass, catechesis, rosary, confessions
Dodge State Prison Dodge Chester, GA  31012
Holy Redeemer, McRae 
Fr. Stephen Pontzer & Fr. Jake Almeter, 229-568-2002
Wednesday: 2 pm Mass in English w/ bilingual readings and homilies
Dooly State Prison Dooly Unadilla, GA  31091
St. Theresa, Cordele 
Fr. Paulinus Okpala, 229-273-3446, Dcn, Jim Hunt
1st Monday: Mass, Fr. Paulinus
3rd Monday: Dcn. Jim Hunt   
Federal Correctional Institute Jesup Jesup, GA  31545
St. Joseph, Jesup
Fr. Keith O'Neill, 912-427-8276
Mass as requested
Georgia State Prison Tattnall Reidsville, GA  30453 
Sacred Heart, Vidalia 
Deacon Joe Claroni, 912-537-7709 
Fr. Ben Dallas
1st & 3rd Tuesdays: Mass
Homerville State Prison Clinch Homerville, GA  31634 
  no services at present
Johnson State Prison Johnson Wrightsville, GA  31096 
Immaculate Conception Church, Dublin
Fr. Stephen Pontzer & Fr. Jake Altmeter, 478-272-0266
2nd & 4th Tuesdays:  2 pm Mass
Lee State Prison Lee Leesburg, GA  31763 
St. Teresa, Albany
Deacon Jay Dallas, 229-886-5955
Wednesday: 6:30 pm Communion Service 
Macon State Prison Macon Oglethorpe, GA  31068
Sacred Heart, Warner Robins 
Deacon Jim Hunt, 478-923-0124, Fr. Carlos Pinzon
Dcn, Jim every Wednesday,  2nd Wednesday: Mass with Fr.Carlos Pinzon
McRae Federal Prison  Telfair McRae, GA  31055 
Montgomery State Prison Montgomery Mount Vernon, GA  30445
Muskogee County Prison Muscogee  Columbus, GA  31908
Pulaski State Prison  Pulaski Hawkinsville, GA  31036
St. Theresa Church, Cordele
Fr. Paulinus Okpala, 229-273-3446 
Sr. Lucy Comer, 229-385-3930
2nd Friday
Rogers State Prison Tattnall Reidsville, GA  30453
St. Christopher Parish, Claxton    
Rutledge State Prison Muscogee Columbus, Ga  31908
St. Anne Parish, Columbus
Deacon John Quillen, 706-561-8678 
Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy & Fr. Brian O'Shaughnessy
Sunday evening ministry by Dcn. Quillen, Team: John Cobis, Steve Wilson, Tom Ray, Dcn. Quillen.
Smith State Prison Tattnall Glennville, Ga 30427
Stewart Detention Facility Lumpkin Lumpkin, Ga 31815
No Catholic Services at this time
Contact El Refugio (see information above)
Telfair State Prison Telfair Helena, GA  31037         
Immaculate Conception Church, Dublin
Fr. Stephen Pontzer & Fr. Jake Altmeter, 478-272-0266
Monday: 6:30 pm  Mass, Fr. Pontzer & Fr. Almeter  
2nd & 4th Thursdays: 6:30 pm Mass, Fr. Francois Pellissier
Valdosta State Prison Lowndes Valdosta, GA  31601
St. John the Evangelist, Valdosta 
Deacon Paul Worth, 229-244-2430, 
Fr. Francois Pellissier
Thursday evenings for 2 hours, Quarterly Eucharist, RCIA on Wednesdays when they have candidates
Ware State Prison Ware Waycross, GA  31501
St. Joseph Parish, Waycross  
Washington State Prison  Washington Davisboro, GA  31018     
Wayne State Prison Wayne Odum, GA  31555 
Wheeler Correctional Facility Wheeler Alamo, GA 30411
Holy Redeemer, McRae, 
Fr. Stephen Pontzer (Dublin), 478-272-0266
Sr. Lucy Comer, 229-385-3930
1st Sunday: scripture service and Communion Service
Wilcox State Prison Wilcox Abbeville, GA  31001
St. Theresa, Cordele 
Fr. Paulinus Okpala, 229-273-3446
Fr. Francois Pellissier
1st Friday: Fr. Paulinus 
3rd Friday: Fr. Francois Kairos
Irving County Detention Center Ocilla     no services at present



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