Pastoral Delegate for Prison and Jail Ministry Named

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The Episcopal Council has appointed Deacon Michael Chesley as Pastoral Delegate for Prison and Jail Ministry

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TO: Clergy, Directors of Evangelical Charity, Prison and Jail Ministers

Dr. Marlon De La Torre, Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship and Dcn. Christopher Beltowksi, Associate Director for the Permanent Diaconate

We are pleased to announce that Archbsihop Vigneron has appointed Deacon Michael Chesley as Pastoral Delegate for Prison and Jail Ministry. In this capacity, Deacon Chesley will support the various prison and jail outreach ministries within the Archdiocese and help our newly formed Families of Parishes develop ministries to serve incarcerated communities within their geographic territories. He also will provide pastoral direction to these ministries and resources for the training and formation of prison and jail ministers.

Deacon Chesley will further our efforts to unleash the Gospel by equipping ministers for service:

“For Christ’s disciples in the Church of Detroit to be able to answer his call to evangelize… As Paul shows in this passage in Ephesians, the role of leaders in the Church is not to do all the ministry but to ‘equip the holy ones for the work of ministry’—that is, to mobilize, form and train all the members for carrying out their mission of building up the Church.” (UTG, Guidepost 4).

The Archdiocese of Detroit’s Prison and Jail Ministry will reside in the Office of Evangelical Charity and will serve as a primary example of how the Church in Detroit is a witness to the power of God’s mercy. The Office of Evangelical Charity will be reaching out individually to clergy teams and Directors of Evangelical Charity from Families of Parishes with geographic territories containing detention centers to offer support and help discern how to best provide support to these communities.

Deacon Chesley is currently ministering at St. Patrick Parish in White Lake and serves as Executive Director of Wayne County Jail Outreach, located in the Center for the Works of Mercy and a partner of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.

For more information or to express interest in serving in Prison or Jail Ministry, please contact Chris Leach, Director of Evangelical Charity, at or Deacon Chesley at