St. Joan’s Chapel

The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real (ECR) parishes have had active jail ministries in Santa Clara County for over sixty years. In 2022, we created Saint Joan's Chapel to expand and coordinate services to the community of inmates and those in reentry and recovery in our county. St. Joan's Chapel is named in honor of Saint Joan of Arc (1412-1431). Click to keep reading...

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Mass Incarceration Reports

The Prison Policy Institute has issued an annual “Mass Incarceration: the Whole Pie” report since 2014. An additional groundbreaking PPI report was recently issued called “Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2023.” Data about women prisoners are often hard to find on the 172,700 women and girls incarcerated in the USA. More information will be presented by Katy Dickinson in "Women of Faith in Jail” at the GTU Graduate Student Conference: Women and Religion, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, on 28 April 2023.

Easter Communion

St. Joan’s Chapel supported the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy and Stepping Stones Gathering in bringing holy communion to 103 Elmwood jail inmates to celebrate Easter 2023.

Christmas Communion

St. Joan’s Chapel supported the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy and Stepping Stones Gathering in bringing holy communion to 198 Elmwood jail inmates to celebrate Christmas 2022.

Stepping Stones Holiday Card Party

We now have 100 on Stepping Stones’ holiday card distribution list. On 10 December 2022, 14 volunteers gathered at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Saratoga, California) to write 164 holiday cards for those in reentry, recovery, and incarceration. Click to keep reading...

Inspiration Inside

For chaplains meeting by Zoom with county jail inmates, here are some music selections and inspiring talks that may fit in well with your presentations. Click to keep reading...

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