Detention Ministry

The mission of the detention ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento is to provide a Catholic presence and ministry to men, women and children incarcerated in county jails, state prisons, and youth detention facilities located within our Diocese.

The ministry includes individual visitation, Catholic communion services, Bible study, celebration of Mass and provision of Sacraments, prayer study groups, sacramental preparation, RCIA, and the sharing of Catholic educational material.

Detention Ministry County Captains

County Captains are volunteers who help the Detention Ministry identify and accompany others who wish to volunteer in the detention facilities.  If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a Detention Ministry volunteer, what opportunities are available and what is the process, please contact Deacon Bill Goeke at or a County Captain below:

Butte County:
Deacon Tom O'Connell

El Dorado County:
Deacon Brian Smith

Greg Desy

Placer County:
Terry Gilbeau

Nevada County:
Mark Frederick

Sacramento County: Youth Detention Facility

Sacramento County: Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC)
Irma Michel (Temporary)

Deacon Rommel Declines

Sacramento County: Main Jail
Rita Spillane

Solano County:
Ana and Brian Dineen

Shasta County:
Paul Meidus

Tehama County:
Fr. Chuck Kelly

Yolo County:
Sylvina Frausto

Yuba County:
Deacon Rafael Moreno


Detention Ministry Chaplains

Detention Ministry Chaplains are hired by their respective institutions with the endorsement of the Diocese of Sacramento.  

California Correctional Center (Susanville): Institution Closed

California State Prison, Sacramento: Greg Mellor
Physical Address: 100 Prison Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 290001
Represa, CA 95671
Phone: 916-985-8610

California State Prison, Solano: Rev. Jude Okafor
Physical Address: 2100 Peabody Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA 95696
Phone: 707-451-0182

California Medical Facility- Vacaville: Rev. Pius Amah
Physical/Mailing Address: 1600 California Drive
Vacaville, CA 95696
Phone: 707-448-6841

Folsom State Prison: Rev. Humberto Gomez
Physical Address: 800 Prison Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 910
Represa, CA 95671
Phone: 916-985-2561

High Desert State Prison, Susanville: Joseph McLachlan
Physical Address: 475-750 Rice Canyon Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 750
Susanville, CA 96127
Phone: 702-879-6789

Mule Creek State Prison, Ione: Deacon Fidel Carrillo (Diocese of Stockton)
Physical Address: 4001 Highway 104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 409099
Ione, CA 95640
Phone: 209-274-4911


For the entire list of Catholic Chaplains for the state of California, click here.