Religious Services offer a wide range of religious programs for inmates. Chaplains of various faiths are available for pastoral care, counseling, or other professional services. In addition to the Chaplains on staff, volunteers offer a variety of programs and services.
Staff chaplains are available to meet with you individually for a variety of needs. Some of the reasons that you may choose to speak to a Chaplain are:
a. Difficulty adjusting to incarceration;
b. Personal problems, grief, or loss;
c. Religious questions or problems;
d. Relational issues: with family, with other inmates, or with any other person.
The conversation between an inmate and a Chaplain may be requested to be kept confidential, unless the nature of the conversation demonstrates that you may be a risk to yourself, another inmate, or a staff member, or that you may attempt an escape.
Personal religious property may be ordered through a Special Purpose Order (SPO). Personal religious property will NOT be authorized to come from home. Religious items for personal use must be requested and approved by the Chaplain. Items for the faith communities will be purchased by the Chapel and will be maintained in the faith community lockers.
If you wish to be considered for a religious diet you must submit your request in writing to the Chaplain and a religious diet interview will be conducted. You will then be assigned to one of two religious diets offered in Food Service, either the No Flesh option, or the Certified Food diet. If you transferred from another institution your religious diet assignment will automatically follow you to Lewisburg.
A large number of religious books, audio tapes, and video tapes are available for group or personal use. Individuals may view videos in the chapel on their leisure time. However, an individual may NOT view video tapes when they are expected to be at their work detail. You are encouraged to view the tapes and read the religious material available. Musical instruments are used for religious worship and practice only.
In the event that an immediate member of your family (mother/father, brother/sister, son/daughter or spouse), is taken to the hospital or dies, a member of your family may call (570)523-1251 and request to speak to a Chaplain. The caller will need your registration number, the name of the individual involved, and the name and telephone number of the hospital (or funeral home). This information will be verified before you are notified. Requests for funeral trips must be made immediately. Furloughs for bedside visits (in the event of a documented terminal illness) and funeral trips are permitted in certain cases, and approval may be granted on a case by case basis. Normally, you may request a bedside visit or a funeral trip, but not both.
Religious (Clergy) Visits
If you so desire, you may designate one individual on your visiting list as your Minister of Record (MOR) by submitting a request to the Chaplain. This request must include contact information for the MOR so the Chaplain can obtain documentation of the credentials of the MOR. An approved MOR will not count against the maximum number of visitors you are allowed to have on your visiting list, and may visit during normal visiting ours. Arrangements for a visit with your MOR may be made on dates when you are not otherwise approved to receive visits if requests for such a visit are made two weeks prior to the date of the visit.
It is our hope that we may assist in your spiritual growth and development. We hope that you will make the most of your opportunities by attending worship services and pursuing you personal spiritual life.