A 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Mailing Address: American Coorectional Chaplains Association

48 Park Ave., Auburn, NY 13021
Telephone: (315) 729-4668 ... Fax: (315) 252-0336 [Header Page MUST Include: Att: ACCA Chaplains]
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Pro-Life? It's more than simply wanting to stop abortion.

The Vatican released the news that the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church

is being revised in light of further consideration and awarenes of the dignity of ALL human

persons.  The Church's new stance will be that there can be NO JUSTIFICATION for the use

of the Denth Penalty in dealing with criminals and their punishment.

Click Link to article in the Boston Pilot


Summer Conference with the American Correctinal Association

Summer Congress in Minneapolis

The ACCA presented two awards:

The C.A.R.E. Award - Chaplains Association Recognition of Excellence

American Correctional Association

Alexandria, Virginia


PresenterTim O’Dell, ACCA President

RecipientFloyd Nelson, Director of ACA Communications and Publications


and The C.O.P. Award - the Judith Coleman Offender Program award


Lindale, Texas


PresenterTim O’Dell, ACCA President

(also presenting, Dan Odean, Assemblies of God endorser)

RecipientsJoe and Charlotte Fauss


News and Notes

The Need for Hospice Rises as America's Incarcerated Age (click to read article)

Family Connection in Correctional Facilities: informational webinar on TTA Opportunty




2018 National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference – Bridges of Hope.

The two-day conference starts at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018 and will be held at the Archbishop Cousins Center,
3501 South Lake Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get ready to be renewed and reenergized! We have an exciting two-day event planned for you with some very inspiring presenters. We’ve also set aside plenty of time for sharing and networking.

Please see the conference website for more information on the speakers and any schedule changes.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliann Joerres at

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!



Governmental Chaplaincy and Religious Diversity
(G-CARD): Toward Best Practices

Co-Sponsored by
American Academy of Religion and Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17th, Denver, CO.


Special training for senior officials who oversee chaplaincy in governmental institutions, in particular in corrections.

Access to discounted conference hotels.
Free access to the largest religion “bookstore” in the U.S.

Free registration for all of AAR’s other sessions Sunday through Tuesday.
2018 Overall G-CARD

1:00 PM – 6:30 PM Friday, November 16 Programs on diverse religions, interfaith
leadership, and the law
7:00 PM – ??????  Friday, November 16 Hosted cocktails
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday, November 17 Programs on diverse religions, interfaith
leadership, and the law

The training has a discussion-based format in a roundtable setting with major experts on
various religions and other topics related to chaplaincy. Also provided are updates on the law
affecting chaplaincy and opportunities for attendees to share best practices across jurisdictions.
Specific topics for 2018 will be posted by October.

Attendee topic suggestions are welcome.

Interested? Contact Barbara A. McGraw, organizer and (with Patrick McCollum) co-facilitator at: - And visit our web pages on the AAR’s website here: