The Mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

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Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in men's and women's correctional institutions. The ministry is conducted, in cooperation with chaplains of correctional institutions, by teams of laity and clergy who are qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal movements.

The Kairos experience for residents starts with a 3 day short course in Christianity. This weekend involves 24 to 42 inmates screened by the Chaplain and a team of 30-60 lay and clergy Kairos volunteers. The weekend is modeled after renewal weekends like Cursillo, Cum Christo, Emmaus Walk and Via De Christo.

Through this systematic structured program, God helps Kairos volunteers provide Residents the opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ and/or to renew their relationship with Him. During the weekend and subsequent follow-up spiritual growth activities facilitated by Kairos volunteers and prison chaplains, residents are challenged to accept God's call to be disciples of Christ in a life of Christian witness and service to one another and to the prison staff during their stay in the institution and beyond. Christians and non-Christians are invited to attend and encouraged to participate.

After their Kairos weekend, residents continue their faith walk by participating in small Prayer and Share Groups. These groups meet weekly to share their lives on a deep spiritual level and to pray for one another.

Kairos participants also attend monthly reunions in the institution with Kairos volunteers. Kairos volunteers conduct two spiritual retreats per year for residents who have made a Kairos weekend.

Kairos Prison Ministry has been active at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville since1990. Several hundred Christian volunteers have participated in these 3-day retreats helping to develop active Christian communities within the prison environment and to bring God's love and forgiveness to the incarcerated men housed there.

CMF Vacaville Kairos Weekends are conducted semi-annually, usually on Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day weekend.

Monthly Reunions are held the third Tuesday evening of each month.

Weekly Prayer and Share fellowships are held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday at noon.