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The International Prison Chaplains Association welcomes you to its Worldwide website. We exist to provide support and encouragement to prison chaplains everywhere, and to engage in advocacy on prison-related issues.

We invite you to visit the various pages and if you are a prison chaplain, to join us – membership is free. There are a number of ways you can connect with your colleagues in prison ministry around the world. You can also visit the websites run in our various regions worldwide.

As prison Chaplains around the world we share in this ministry together. If you have any suggestions for improving this website we welcome your ideas. Feel free to contact our President David Buick. 

Since 2014, IPCA has had UN consultative status with ECOSOC, the UN Economic and Social Council, with official representatives at each major UN venue. You can read more about IPCA’s advocacy work with the UN in this section.

Membership of IPCA is now free of charge! If you’re a prison chaplain, simply contact us with details of your organisation and place of ministry, and we’ll add you to our membership – you’ll have an opportunity to make a gift to help support IPCA worldwide too.

Keep Hope Alive - IPCA Worldwide Online Symposium - November 11th 2020, 13.00 UTC

We’re pleased to invite you to register for our virtual international symposium, “Keep Hope Alive”.

The keynote event in this symposium is our worldwide webinar on Wednesday November 11 at 13:00 UTC (Greenwich). Signup is via Eventbrite –

Please check what local time this is for you, for example by using

Held on Zoom, the webinar will feature news from IPCA’s regions, information about our plans going forward, an official UN-ECOSOC Declaration by IPCA on the impact of Covid-19 on prisoners’ access to spiritual care worldwide, a Q&A session with the WWSC and UN team, and a short time of devotions.

This webinar is very late at night for some and very early in the morning for others; unfortunately, there is no one time that is easy for everybody worldwide, but we hope you can be there nonetheless!


IPCA WWSC meeting on 11 September 2020

IPCA’s Worldwide Steering Committee (WWSC) met for the first time under the chairmanship of new president David Buick on September 11.

The meeting marked the next stage in the transition process implemented pending the organization of a new Worldwide Conference. “IPCA normally elects its Worldwide Steering Committee and President at an international conference held every five years”, explains David Buick. “We haven’t been able to hold our conference as planned this year in Bangkok due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the committee is being renewed on an interim basis in line with our Constitution”.

At the September 11 meeting, held by videoconference, the WWSC co-opted several new representatives: Tim Dixon (UK) replaces David Buick as representative for Europe alongside Susanne Rodmar; Carlos Cunningham (Costa Rica) replaces Dorestela Medina for the Latin America/Caribbean region, and Joanne Klone (Canada) replaces Tom O’Connor for North America. More new reps are expected to be co-opted in the coming months as the mandate of other WWSC members comes to an end.

At the meeting, the WWSC also adopted a declaration in response to plans to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines.

Lastly, the meeting discussed plans for an International Symposium to be held by videoconference to coincide with the dates of the cancelled Bangkok conference this November.

“IPCA Worldwide is building a new team to help the organization address the challenges it faces in the immediate future and reconnect with our members and friends worldwide”, concludes David Buick. “The declaration adopted by the WWSC highlights the fact that we are still engaged in advocacy to defend prisoners’ rights, and the forthcoming International Symposium will demonstrate our ongoing commitment to encouraging prison chaplains everywhere.”

On 12 June 2020, a videoconference meeting of the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA) Worldwide Steering Committee (WWSC) elected David Buick to replace Rod Moore as President. The election follows the resignation of serving President Rod Moore for health reasons