Recurring Monthly Events

First Friday:  Episcopal Prison Ministry Community (EPMC) meets via Zoom at 11:00 AM (Arizona Time). The call includes Episcopalians engaged in prison ministry throughout the United States. The EPMC seeks to connect and support the efforts of members within the Episcopal Church USA who are living into their Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace while respecting the dignity of every human being by their involvement in various forms of ministering to those affected by incarceration in the US. Contact Deacon Kim Crecca for more information and to receive the link to the meeting. 

Second Saturday:  Diocesan Prison Ministry meets on the second Saturday of each month at 12:00 PM (noon) via Zoom. The meetings last between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Contact Deacon Kim Crecca for more information and to receive the link to the meeting. 

Third Tuesday: Arizona Faith Network (AFN) – Criminal Legal Reform Team meets via Zoom from 12:00 pm to 1:30 PM. Click HERE to request the Zoom link. Criminal Legal Reform focuses on changing the public mindset and addressing the persistent inequalities in the legal system based on race and class. It emphasizes the need for reforms in policies and practices, such as reevaluation of sentencing inequities, promotion of healing and transformative justice practices; and full reintegration of ex-offenders into the community.

Special Events

September: It’s Prison Awareness Month! Check out suggestions about how you can raise awareness within your church about prison ministry and ways to help that range from Prayers of the People to hosting a drive for much-needed supplies.

All September: “Straight from the Heart” Prison Art Show at Episcopal Church of St. Matthew – Parish Hall (9071 E Old Spanish Trail, Tucson 85710). You are invited to attend a special talk about the artists offered by Deacon Kim Crecca on Sunday, August 28th at 9:15 AM and again at 12 noon. The exhibit is open to the public on Sundays from 9 to 10 and by appointment through the month of September. Contact St. Matthews at 520-298-9782. Click HERE to download the flyer.

All September: You are invited to join a Zoom group praying the Anglican Rosary for Those Affected by Incarceration during the month of September. The group will meet each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:00 PM (AZ) via Zoom. Click HERE for the Rosary Prayer. Please contact Deacon Kim Crecca for the Zoom link.

September 15: Death Penalty Discussion (Zoom). Join us Thursday evening, 9/15, from 6:30 to 8 PM for a discussion about capital punishment in Arizona featuring Kat Jutras, Community Organizer, from Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona.  Kat will share information about this statewide, grassroots organization that’s dedicated to eliminating the death penalty in Arizona by promoting awareness of the problems with capital punishment. For more information and the Zoom link, please contact Deacon Kim Crecca.

September 18: Camp Genesis Sunday. Our Diocesan camp for children who have or have had an incarcerated parent needs your help. Please consider taking up a special collection on Sunday, 9/18 that can be used to purchase supplies and help fund the camp experience for these children. Checks should be made payable to the Episcopal Diocese of AZ – Prison Ministry and mailed to Rev. Kim Crecca.

September 18: You are invited to attend an Open House at Magdalene House West in Avondale from 2 to 5 PM. Come meet our residents and see the difference that a residency at Magdalene House is making in their lives! Contact bridgesreentry@gmail.com to RSVP.

September 29: Restorative Justice Discussion (Zoom). Kevin Heade, AZ criminal defense attorney and founder of the Arizona Restorative Justice Coalition, will lead a discussion about how the restorative approach to criminal justice, rather than retributive and punitive, is the way to healing and rehabilitation. Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices that create a different approach to dealing with crime and its impacts. Outcomes seek to both repair the harm and address the reasons for the offense while reducing the likelihood of re-offense. Rather than focusing on the punishment meted out, restorative justice measures result by how successfully the harm is repaired. Kevin also serves as President of Death Penalty Alternatives in AZ. For more information and the Zoom link, please contact Deacon Kim Crecca.

September/October: Mentoring Beyond the Gates Fall Session begins with orientations held on Sept. 15th and 17th. Training is held online on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 29th through Oct. 20th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Find out more information or register today at bridgesreentry.org/mentor.