Society of Saint Dismas
Lauching Canadian Chaplains PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:26

Dr. Thomas Beckner, Director of Chaplaincy Services, traveled to Fredericton, New Brunswick July 15-19 to conduct a training event on behalf of our sister ministry—Bridges of Canada.  This event was in preparation for the placement of five full-service chaplains in each of the provincial correctional centers operated by the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety.  The team of Canadian chaplains will follow the “critical dimensions” model of chaplaincy services consistent with what the Society of St. Dismas provides in our Florida facilities and which is detailed in Dr. Beckner’s recent book, Correctional Chaplains: Keepers of the Cloak.

From Left to Right:
Len Davies - Deputy Director, Correctional Services of New Brunswick Dept. of Public Safety; Wayne Hagerman - Chaplain; Claude Arsenault - Chaplain; France Boucher - Chaplain; Caleb Christian - Fredericton Community Chaplain; Heather Harrison - Director Correctional Services of New Brunswick Dept. of Public Safety; Dr. Thomas Beckner - Director of Chaplaincy Services; Lynda Lewis - Co-Founder of Bridges of Canada; Richard Bragdon - Vice-President, Bridges of Canada; Dennis Sisco - Chaplain; Albertine LeBlanc - Chaplain

 
2013 Fatherhood Conference PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 09:23

In June, Bridges of America co-hosted the 15th International Fatherhood Conference in Orlando.This year’s conference - “Taking Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Programs to the Next Level, Evidence and Outcomes” - featured workshops in 12 topic areas that exemplified the ways fatherhood improves both families and entire communities.

Local, regional, state, and federal partners demonstrated how the fatherhood-focused programs that they support have made tangible differences in peoples’ lives. Bridges members participating on the panel included Chaplain Robert Brown of the Jacksonville Bridge, Cecilia Denmark COO of the Orlando Bridge and TBB Alumnus Dianna Love. The conference culminated with the Bridges of America receiving a Partnership Award from the National Partnership for Community Leadership recognizing Bridges’ Nurturing Parenting Programs which supports more than 1,000 clients and inmates. Partnership Awards are given annually to an organization that models strategic and innovative partnerships in the advancement of responsible fatherhood and healthy family programs.

From left to right: Allie Braswell (Prseident of Central FL Urban League), George Sheldon (Assistant Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, community partner Dottie Wynn, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, President, Cecilia Denmark (Vice President/COO for Bridges of America) and Cornita Riley (Deputy Chief of Operational Services)

 
Parliament Of Canada PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:21

L to R - Pastor Steve Budd, Pastor Andrew Vahi, Fr. Charles Brown, Richard Bragdon, Larry Gullison, Jack Carr MLA, Dr. Eugene Hill, Pastor John Harris
 

 
At the entrance to the Senate Chamber PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:10

Front Row (L to R) - Fr. Charles Brown, Speaker Noel Kinsella, Jack Carr MLA, Pastor John Harris, Pastor Andrew Vahi

Back Row - Pastor Steve Budd, Richard Bragdon VP, John Williamson MP, Larry Gullison Businessman, Dr. Eugene Hill

 
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