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Incarceration Imprisons the Whole Family

2019 Prison Ministry Conference

"Incarceration Imprisons the Whole Family" will be the tenth Prison Forum presented by Faith Behind Bars and Beyond.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

from 8:30 AM until approximately 2:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, HartfordCT 06103

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ will be our keynote speaker.

Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald of ''Hour Children'' makes a point at the 2014 Prison Ministry Forum

Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald is Executive Director of Hour Children, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Sr. Tesa began this work in 1989 when she became a foster parent to eight children of incarcerated mothers at the convent where she lived. In 1996 Hour Children became a 501 (c)(3) organization offering a wide range of supportive services for both children and their mothers, including housing, child care, mentoring, job training and placement. Sr. Tesa will be accompanied by mothers who are returning citizens.

We were fortunate to have Sr. Tesa at the 2014 Connecticut Prison Ministry Forum, Hope on the Horizon, where she received a standing ovation.

For more information about Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald's work, you can visit the Hour Children website at WWW.HourChildren.Org

Lawrence Bartley will be our afternoon speaker.

Lawrence Bartley is a Communications Associate at The Marshall Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. Lawrence Bartley holds an advanced degree in Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary and a B.S. from Mercy College. Previously, he co-founded Forgotten Voices and its successor, Voices From Within, which now seeks to address gun violence and mass incarceration.

Mr. Bartley has provided multimedia content for the New York News 12 Emmy-winning three-part series Drama in the Big House, WNYC's Death, Sex and Money podcast, and his "Power of a Parent's Voice" TEDx talk (the video will be shown at this Forum). Wipf and Stock, The Marshall Project, and Vice have published his writing.

For more information about Lawrence Bartley's work and writing, you can visit The Marshall Project website at WWW.TheMarshallProject.Org

In addition to our speakers and the video, there will be panel discussions with returning citizens and their families. Q & A sessions will follow each panel discussion.


Beverages and snacks will be offered throughout the Forum, and a light lunch will be served, all included in your $10 registration fee.


Tentative Schedule for the 2019 Prison Ministry Forum

8:30AM9:00AMCheck-in, Beverages, and Displays
9:00AM9:20AMWelcome and Introductions
9:20AM10:50AMSister Tesa Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Hour Children, with Q & A
10:50AM11:10AMBreak
11:10AM11:30AMSmall group discussions of Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents
11:30PM11:45AMVolunteer of the Year Award
11:45PM12:00NoonVideo of TEDx Talk by Lawrence Bartley
12:00Noon12:45PMLunch and Displays
12:45PM1:30PMLawrence Bartley, with Q & A
1:30PM1:45PMTBD – to be determined
1:45PM Closing and evaluation forms   –   Thank you for attending!

Organizations whose activities are related to the criminal justice system, especially prevention, incarceration, and people re-entering society, are encouraged to display information during the Forum! Please contact us to make arrangements for your brochures, et cetera, to be featured.


You may see information about some of the previous Prison Forums here: