Jail & Prison Inmate Studies

The studies listed below are provided without cost by CDOB Jail/Prison Ministry without cost to inmates on a unit by unit basis.  As the ministry grows in each facility, the Director and Chaplain collaborate to determine the next study that is most suitable for the inmates at a particular facility.  The majority of the funding for these materials are made possible by Grants from the Scanlan Foundation, the Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Catholic Missions and the CDOB Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund.  The instruction and moderating of these studies are provided at no cost by the dedicated and committed Jail/Prison Ministry Volunteers.

1. Catholic Bibles

Distribution of free Catholic Bibles in English and Spanish places the Word of God in the hands of inmates for regular, daily reading. Versions include the deuterocanonical books: New American Catholic Bible (Santa Biblia, Spanish), The Good News Bible, (Dios Habla Hoy).



2. Prayer Book

A pocket-size prayer book (glued-no staples) designed to foster the prayer life of Catholic inmates. Includes all the common Catholic prayers, lives of saints who have been in prison, and prayers and illustrations contributed by inmates. Pray in the Spirit is also provided in Spanish (Oren en Espiritu, Spanish) at no cost to the inmates through the St. Dismas Ministries.



3. Bible Study

A 3-part  course for inmates on the Catholic Bible, God with Us (Dios Con Nosotros, Spanish).
– Part 1-Introduction, Pentateuch and Historical Books
– Part 2-Wisdom Books and Prophetic Books
– Part 3-Gospels, Acts, Letters and Revelation


This study guides lay Catholics to a solid understanding of the structure, organization,and purpose of God’s Word’




4. Faith Study

A 3-part  course for inmates on the Catholic faith, A Reason for Hope (Una Razon para La Esperanza, Spanish).
– Part 1-The Sacraments
– Part 2-The Creed
– Part 3-Christian Morality

The eighteen-chapter book follows the structure of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Creed,    Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer).



In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.




5. Prayer Study

A 3-part  course for inmates on Catholic prayer, Pray Always (English Only).
– Part 1-Prayer in the Old Testament
– Part 2-Prayer in the New Testament
– Part 3-Prayer in the Catholic Tradition


Total Consecration Icon2 Total Consecration to Jesus Christ.  This book, which has been prepared by the Company of Mary, the religious community founded by Fr. de Montfort himself, is both an introduction to his spirituality of total consecration and a guide for those who would prepare themselves to make his Act of Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary



6. RCIA Study

The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of saints.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church provides answers for those interested in learning about the mystery of the Catholic Faith.  It is as Pope John Paul II calls it, “A Special Gift.”


A concise and thorough cathechism of the Cathoilc faith.  It outlines prayer practices, truths, and catholic thought.

Jail & Prison Ministry
Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
San Juan, TX 78589

Ms. Ofelia de los Santos, Director 
E-mail: odelossantos@cdob.org
Telephone: (956) 784-5057
Facsimile: (956) 784-5096

Rev. George Gonzalez, Diocesan Chaplain
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
1313 W. Buchanan St.
Harlingen, Texas  78550
E-mail: fathergonzalez@gmail.com
Telephone:  (956) 266-1813
Facsimile: (956) 423-4670



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