Prison Ministry

Internship Program

Do you feel called to make a positive difference in the lives of inner city youth?

Who are we?

We are a Roman Catholic ministry that serves inner city youth affected by prison life. We’re excited to announce our new internship program and look forward to welcoming qualified young adults into our internship program. This will be a wonderful opportunity not only to equip young adults to serve inner city youth affected by prison, but also for them to develop their own relationship with the Lord through in-depth experiences, prayer, and formation provided throughout the program.

What do we seek and what is the internship program all about?

Currently we seek four to seven young adults to become interns. The formation will include community building and opportunities for personal Christian spiritual growth. Interns will work closely with those who have extensive experience serving inner city youth, their families, and prisoners. A fundamental theme of the program will be reflection on the ministry work and the intern’s relationship with God.

What is our goal?

Our goal in the internship program is to provide young adults the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts in order to serve inner city youth affected by the devastating reality of prison, whether the youth have been incarcerated themselves or have family members or friends in prison. It is also to provide an opportunity for young adults to grow in their own relationship with Christ and in their ability to share Christ with others through service and compassionate outreach.

What are the requirements for applicants to the internship program?

  1. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years old (exceptions will be considered).
  2. Applicants must be active and in good standing with the Catholic Church.
  3. Applicants must be available for the entire scheduled program (to run from late May through mid-July, forty hours per week).
  4. Applicants must complete the Diocese of Phoenix safe environment training and background check.

Internship program activities

  1. Two day intern retreat to learn about the ministry and reflect on one’s own faith journey.
  2. Visits to youth detention facilities.
  3. A one-day retreat for incarcerated youth.
  4. A week-long camp for youth, held in Northern Arizona.
  5. A day camp for youth.
  6. Home visits.
  7. Field trips for youth.
  8. Mid-program intern retreat for spiritual reflection and discernment.
  9. Visit and observe other ministries.
  10. Final intern retreat to reflect on the program experience, held in Northern Arizona.

What financial support will interns receive?

A weekly stipend of $200.00 will be provided to interns throughout the duration of the program.

What is the application process?

Please provide the following:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone and E-mail
  4. Two personal references
  5. Name of Parish
  6. One paragraph on why you are interested in the program. Another listing any experience you have working with youth.

Applications are to be sent to The Diocese of Phoenix, Prison Ministry, C/O Kevin Starrs, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004-2336.


If you have questions, please contact Kevin Starrs, Coordinator of Ministry for Incarcerated Youth for the Diocese of Phoenix at (602) 518-0377.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

“Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4