Chaplaincy in our Justice System

On Sunday, January 25, St. George’s United Church is hosting an important examination of the changes to chaplaincy in our criminal justice system. The talk features Kate Johnson and Imam Yasin Dwyer, and is the third installment of the Compassionate Justice Speaker Series, now in its fifth season. Admission is free and lunch is provided.


Kate Johnson, Chaplain at Queen’s University. Kate was a chaplain in our federal prison system during a time of major legislative and procedural changes. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Queen’s University School of Religion, with a focus on restorative justice.

Imam Yasin Dwyer. Yasin has worked in our federal prisons as a faith based chaplain for the past 12 years. He has been involved in counter-radicalization programs for federal inmates convicted of terrorist related offenders.

Topic:  An Assault On the Honourable Tradition Of Chaplaincy

In 2013, the federal government privatized chaplaincy and awarded an $18 million dollars to a sole contractor Kairos Pneuma, a private, for-profit corporation to supply chaplains for all the federal penitentiaries over the next two years. At the same time almost all funding was cut for a network of community chaplaincies built up over 40 years that provided for after-care and community reintegration. How will this affect the ability of chaplaincy to help and support those incarcerated?

Time and Place

Sunday, January 25th

11:45 – Lunch (provided)
12:30 – Talk

Eglinton St George’s United Church
35 Lytton Boulevard at Duplex Avenue
(Near Yonge St. and Eglinton Av.)

Free admission / Donations are welcome


These talks are presented by The Compassionate Justice Committee at Eglinton St. George’s United Church. Learn more about the speaker series here. For further information call 416-782-7478 or send mail to


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