Glimpses of Grace Donald Stoesz
Professionalization of Chaplaincy

I have just finished writing a manual on prison chaplaincy that establishes it on a more professional basis.  I have included a Table of Contents below, along with a pdf download of the preface, introduction, and first chapter. 

Preface, Introduction, and First Chapter

I have included a job description of a federal prison chaplain, adopted by the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy more than twenty-five years ago, accepted as part of the Memorandum of Understanding with Correctional Service Canada, and used with some minor changes since then.

Job Description of Federal Prison Chaplain


 Table of Contents




1. The Secular and Sacred Tasks of a Prison Chaplain

2. Chaplaincy: A Continuum of Care

3. Assessment Tools for Chaplaincy 

Prison Dynamics

4. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aspects of Prison Ministry 

5. Prison Chaplain as Gate Keeper  

6. Dynamics of Solid and Sex Offenders in Jail 

7. Role of Evangelism in Prison 

Programming Opportunities

8. Loss, Grief, and Mourning in Inmate Populations

9. A Grief Recovery Course 

10. Authority, Peer Pressure, and Young Adults

11. A Co-Dependency Course

12. Unresolved Oedipal Issues in Incarcerated Men 

13. Two Relationship Courses 

Faith Formation, Ecumenism, and Inter-Faith Dialogue

14. Two Experiencing God Courses

15. Celebrate Recovery Program

16. Establishment of Wiccan Practices 

17. Comparison of Anabaptism and Rastafarianism 

Establishment of Sacred Spaces

18. How Post-Modern can a Prison Chapel Be? 

19. Celebration of Spiritual Care Services at the Bowden Annex 

Professional Development

20. Inherent Goodness of Human Beings  

21. Review of Keepers of the Cloak, by Tom Beckner