Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

Who we serve

*Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility, in Visalia

*Youth Facility, in Visalia

*We do not currently serve the adult facility (Bob Wiley), although there is a need.



Thursday afternoons, one hour at each of the youth facilities


What we do

There are between 5 and 25 youth at each service.  The basic format is: opening prayer by a youth or myself, open the meeting to questions by the youth (open forum), a lesson prepared by me (usually a discussion of the Sunday readings and how they apply to the youth), further questions, a closing prayer, usually the psalm from the Sunday readings.  An officer is on duty in the room for the whole time a volunteer is present.


Volunteers Needed

Since I am the only Catholic visiting the Juvenille Facilities, there is always a need for vounteers.  The qualifications would be patience, an understanding of youth, some familiarity with the Bible, ability to respond to questions and a belief in God that can be transmitted to the youth.


Volunteers are especially needed for the adult facility.



For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Deacon Jim here.


Information verified:  5/15/15  KJN

Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility

Pope Francis washes and kisses the feet of some of the young men and women detained at the Casel del Marmo juvenile detention faciltiy in Rome, March 28, 2013.