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March 2019 Newsletter

What is spirituality? My understanding is that everything has a spirit to it. The two-legged human beings, the four-legged animals, the ones that crawl and the ones that fly, the plants, our water, our ancestors, the wind as well as everything above and below us -- has a spirit to it. It's said that...
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February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I pray this newsletter finds you in good spirits. Briefly, I would like to share something on faith. By “faith” I mean having complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I believe we can all say that throughout our lives at some point we’ve been let down by...
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January 2019 Newsletter

As we approach the 2019 tax season, I thought it would be a good idea to provide everyone with some information on Parsonage/housing allowance. Per California State law AB 243 all State Chaplains qualify for applying up to half their salary for clergy housing allowance. Please note that there are sp...
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April 2019 Newsletter

Chaplain Sam Smolinisky is the Catholic Chaplain Pelican Bay State Prison. For Catholics, we are currently in the time of Lent, a communitarian journey of conversion towards Holy Week and Easter. Chaplain Sam reflects on that journey, the challenges of starting his ministry at the time of the Inmate...
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Happy Holidays from ACCSS!

Brothers and sisters, On behalf of the ACCSS board, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and blessed holiday. We are currently in the midst of celebrating Chanukah - the Festival of Lights. I’d like to share with you a profound and timely message from my...
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December 2018 Newsletter

For the past four years my father has been suffering from, and declining from, Alzheimer’s disease. And for over a year now he has been at a care facility. I try and make it every week or so to see him and admittedly I often find myself doing it more for the sake of giving […]...
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September 2018 Newsletter

Sitting in the shade arbor, listening to the brightly colored prayer flags flapping in the breeze. Looking around on the far side of the camp, I see elders talking with their families and children laughing near the camp kitchen. Close by a circle of young men, sit with their drumsticks around a larg...
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July 2018 Newsletter

Bulletproof Faith The condemned seek solace from their death row companion, a chaplain Father George Williams, the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison, wears a bulletproof vest as he celebrates mass for death row inmates. (Photo courtesy: San Quentin State Prison) By Rachel Fobar The Medil...
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June 2018 Newsletter

ACCSS Newsletter June 2018 As the newly elected President, it is my pleasure to share with you what the Association of California Chaplains in State Service is about and the importance of the association for all of us chaplains. Additionally, I would like to try and explain what we stand for, as ...
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February 2018 Newsletter

Original Newsletter can be downloaded here. I wonder if I might be able to share with you something that’s been close to my heart over the last few months: Compassion Fatigue. Some of you might not be familiar with the term, but I’m certain you’re familiar with it either because you’ve exper...
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