"This study of chaplaincy in Canada's federal penitentiaries is designed to let the early chaplains tell their own story. Their personal reports give us ample original documentation of their considerable contribution to the development of both the theory and the practice of penology in Canada. .... Our main source of original material was the annual reports of chaplains which were published from 1837 to 1916 as part of the reports of the Directors of Penitentiaries or the Minister of Justice in Sessional Documents. Information about the subsequent years was derived from the reports of wardens, some of whom included references to the work of their chaplains; most did not. Some Commissioners too made mention of chaplaincy; most did not. In recent years the information base has become even more diffuse and future research will be more difficult". -- Author's Preface.
Contents: Message from the Solicitor General of Canada, dated March 1990 / Pierre H. Cadieux -- Commissioner's Introduction dated March 1990 / Ole Ingstrup, Commissioner, Correctional Service of Canada -- Foreword dated March 1990 / Pierre Allard, Director, Chaplaincy, Correctional Service of Canada -- Author's Preface -- Acknowledgements -- The Origins of the Reformatory Prison -- Penitentiaries: Rooted in Religion -- "But What are Chaplains ?" -- Officers of the Institution -- Servants of the Church -- Shepherds of their Flock -- Leaders of Worship -- Willing Volunteers -- Conclusion: A Past and a Future -- Appendix I: Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy Interim Position Paper, March 31, 1971 -- Appendix II: Partial List of Chaplains by Institution.-- Bibliography -- Index of Chaplains.
"The Correctional Service of Canada Prayer" printed on inside front cover.
Library also has French edition under separate title: Un passe plein d'avenir : l'aumonerie en milieu penitentiaire (HV 8867 J35F 1990)
Author is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada who was Associate Director of Chaplaincy for the Correctional Service of Canada and a member of the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy.