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I was in prison and you visited me.
-- Matthew 25:36

Conference Schedule


Monday, March 27, 2017




11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


St James Church Parlor Entrance

12:00 noon

Welcome and Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Canon Shannon Manning, Canon to the Ordinary Diocese of Louisiana

The Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor, Canon to the Ordinary Diocese of Florida

St. James Church


1:30 – 2:15

Overview of Correctional Institution Reforms

Charles C. deGravelles, Jr.,  Author, Teacher, Prison Chaplain and Deacon, Diocese of Louisiana

St. James Church Parlor

2:15 – 3:00

Analysis of Three Case Studies in Three Different States

Dr. Amy Levad, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

St. James Church Parlor

3:00 – 3:30


St. James Church Parlor

3:30 – 4:15

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries, TEC

St. James Church Parlor


Monks Behind Bars

Sister Greta Ronningen, Benedictine author of Free on the Inside: Finding God Behind Bars

Rev. Dennis Gibbs, Prison Chaplain and Director of Prism Restorative Justice, Los Angeles, CA

St. James Church Parlor

5:00 – 5:15

Stretch Break




Advocacy Matters – Jill Sullivan, Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator, Prison Fellowship

3rd Floor Conference Room

Ministry Inside: The Basics 

3rd Floor Bishop’s Reception Area

St. James Spirituality Center

(across the street from St. James Church)



St. James Church Parlor


Theological Reflection on Prisons and Prison Education

Dr. Jennifer McBride, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary

St. James Church Parlor


Tuesday, March 28, 2017




7:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

St. James Chapel of the Twelve Apostles

8:15 a.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

St. James Church Parlor

8:30 – 10:30

Risk Assessment Metrics for Criminal Justice Reform

Dr. Edward Shihadeh, Sociology Professor and Chair, Louisiana State University

Dr. Samantha Kurtz, Clinical Psychologist, Founder of Right Time

Keith Nordyke, Criminal Defense Attorney,  Nordyke & Greenfield LLC

Panel Moderator: Dr. Marianne Giorlando, Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice, Northwestern State University, Louisiana

St. James Church Parlor


10:30 – 11:00



11:00 – 1:00

Political Advocacy & Legislative Reform

Craig DeRoche, Senior Vice President for Policy and Public Policy for Prison Fellowship

Bruce Reilly, Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE), New Orleans, LA

Patricia Haynes Smith, Louisiana House of Representatives, District 67

Panel Moderator: Katherine M. Mattes, Senior Professor and Director of the Criminal Law Clinic, Tulane University Law School

St. James Church Parlor


1:00 – 1:30


St. James Parlor


1:30 – 3:00


Partnerships in Advocacy Engagement

Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Eddie Ellis, Founder of One by 1, Reentry Activist

Shawntelle L. Fisher, Founder and CEO of The Soulfisher Ministries

Heidi Kim, Program Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation, TEC

Panel Moderator: Rev. Charles Allen Wynder, Jr. Office of Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, TEC

St. James Church Parlor


3:00 – 3:30



3:30 – 5:00

Best Practices for Faith-Based Ministries

Rev. Jackie Burns, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, Kindway EMBARK

Linda Fjeldsjo & Carl Taylor, Catholic Charities, Joseph Homes

Rev. Canon Allison Defoor, Diocese of Florida

St. James Church Parlor


5:00 – 5:30

Evening Prayer

St. James Chapel of the Twelve Apostles

5:30 p.m.

Cocktails and Social Time

St. James Parlor


Wednesday, March 29




7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer

St. James Chapel of the Twelve Apostles

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Departure on Chartered Bus

Board Buses for trip to Louisiana State Prison at Angola

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

201 Lafayette St


Arrival at LSP Angola

Disembark at the gate and proceed through Security Protocols

LSP Angola Visiting Center

9:50 – 10:20

Bus Tour of LSP Angola


10:20 – 10:30

Transfer from Bus to Conference Site

Disembark at New Orleans Baptist Seminary Building for brief tour as group proceeds to Guadalupe Chapel

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

10:30 – 11:30

Voices of Prison Administration

James LeBlanc, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Corrections

Voices of Inmates

Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel

11:30 – 12:20

Holy Eucharist

Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel

12:30 – 1:15


Members of The Church of the Transfiguration at Angola will join Conference Participants for lunch provided by LSP Culinary Program

Main Prison


Load bus for return trip to Baton Rouge with drop off at Baton Rouge Airport





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