The following appeared February 15 on the website of the California Catholic Conference.

The following California State Prisons have immediate openings for a Catholic Chaplain.

Qualified Candidates are lay persons, religious, deacons and priests with demonstrated detention facility pastoral competence who are in good standing with the church and must be endorsed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the institution is located. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred.

The chaplain is an employee of the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Candidates are evaluated by an Associate Warden of the facility and by the local Diocesan Restorative Justice Director.

In collaboration with the local diocese, the Chaplain helps prisoners with moral and spiritual issues; conducts religious services; arranges for and (if qualified) administers sacraments, organizes and instructs religious classes; coordinates Catholic volunteers to assist in carrying out the duties; makes visits to sick and segregated prisoners; and must be willing to function in a multi-denominational / multi-religious manner.  Job specification, duty statement, and salary and benefit information are available upon request.

Diocese of Santa Rosa:
Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City
Level 4 maximum security prison, with a Secure Housing Unit, located 13 miles from the Oregon/California Border.

Diocese of San Bernardino:
Ironwood State Prison, Blythe
Level 3 medium security prison, located in the Riverside County desert, approximately 2 hours west of Phoenix and 2 hours east of Palm Springs

Diocese of San Diego:
Centinela State Prison, Imperial
Level 4 maximum security prison, located in central Imperial County desert.

Diocese of Monterey:
Salinas Valley State Prison, Soledad
Level 4 maximum security prison, located in the Salinas Valley, 1.5 hours south of San Jose.

Send resume with three references with current phone numbers to: or by mail to Debbie McDermott, Director, Restorative Justice, California Catholic Conference, 1119 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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