Welcome! What is Kairos? Why Kairos?
people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those
impacted by incarceration. Kairos is an ecumenical ministry that encourages Christians from
various backgrounds to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry. Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work
with them, the opportunity to receive God's forgiveness through faith in Jesus
Christ, and to grow in their faith and servant hood through Christian community.
We stand on the
common ground of the following elements of faith. We believe:
The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our
In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but
have eternal life (John 3:16).
The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the
hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the
naked, and visits to the sick and those in prison (Matt 25:36).
In sharing the love
and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their
families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional
Statistics show that one out of every 147
Americans is in prison (Department of Justice Statistics, April 2000). The
United States provides 5% of the world's population, while having 25% of the
world's incarcerated population. The United States currently has more than
two million incarcerated or under correctional supervision. Incarceration
has become a $60 billion dollar a year industry. Studies have shown by
attending and participating in faith-based activities, such as Kairos, the
recidivism (inmates that return to prison after getting out) rate can be
decreased from 66-88% to 14-20%. The prison administration supports Kairos
since it is one of the most effective programs for inmates and does not cost the
prison any money.
Kairos of San
Diego thrives at Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) with the
spiritual and financial support of the local Christian community, a dedicated
council of lay-ministers and leaders, and the Warden and staff of the
prison, assisted by the greater state and national Kairos organizations.
For more history of Kairos of San Diego which includes Kairos Inside and
of San Diego, click here.
read some testimonies from recent Kairos Inside graduates?
What exactly does the Kairos of San Diego do?
Kairos Inside weekend is an introductory 3-day weekend, described as a short
course in Christianity. This weekend program is modeled after the Cursillo
method and is based on a series of talks by laymen and clergy.
Interspersed throughout the weekend is music, prayer, activities, a chance to
form relationships and demonstrate Christ’s love. Kairos of San Diego
currently supports programs in two yards: Yard A (level 3) and Yard C
(level 4). All attendees for the
Kairos Inside weekends are nominated by previous graduates of the Kairos
Program. Normally there are over 100 nominations for the 36 available open
spots for the weekend in each Yard. The Kairos Inside Leadership
team, with input from the Yard Pastor, will decide which 36 inmates plus
several alternates will be chosen to attend. Because of the success
of the Kairos Inside program, there is never a shortage of people that
desire to attend.
of San Diego organizes and oversees the following events at RJDCF:
Kairos Inside weekends in Yard A and Yard C, twice a year, within
RJDCF (total of 4 Kairos weekends).
Kairos Inside reunions in both yards to instill community and
encourage small groupings.
yearly two-day retreats for the inmates (Kairos Inside Graduates and
volunteers). These retreats are used to reinforce the Kairos weekend
sponsors special holiday events or activities at RJDCF for inmates and
special in-prison food sales to raise money for the Kairos community and
prison chapel programs.
with the Pastors-to-Prisons Program.
prison population, in addition to Christians, is composed of Jewish, Muslim,
Hindu, Atheist, Wiccan, Satanists,
Odinist, and other beliefs. Kairos brings an inter-denominational team of
Christian volunteers, both clergy and laypersons, into the prison environment to
establish relationships with the inmates. By bringing the love and
forgiveness of Jesus Christ into prison, Kairos provides an effective program to
positively change inmate attitudes, behaviors and lives. In addition to
weekends, Kairos volunteers make a commitment to continue with monthly visits
for Kairos Reunions for at least one year. These Kairos Reunions are a way
to instill community, show continued support by volunteers and encourage inmates
in their weekly small “Prayer and Share” group meetings.
Outside of San Diego provides support to the adult female loved ones of the
incarcerated though the Kairos Outside program.
To learn more about Kairos
Outside of San Diego, click here.
of San Diego does the following:
yearly Weekend retreats for the women of loved ones affected by
yearly reunions open to all
Kairos Outside graduates and volunteers and their families.
support for Kairos Outside graduates through retreats and special
How could I become part of the Kairos Ministry program?
Kairos of San Diego community is an organization of well organized and trained
volunteer teams of men and women, drawn from the Christian communities
surrounding RJDCF. The Kairos program is governed by the Kairos of San
Diego Advisory Council. This council organizes and oversees all Kairos
activities at RJDCF. The council and community is comprised of an
inter-denominational team of volunteers, both clergy and laypersons. The
Kairos ministry team works in cooperation with the RJDCF Protestant Chaplain and
Yard Pastors to carefully select 36 inmate plus 4 alternates to attend a
Kairos Inside weekend in each Yard. This same group selects the
"Outside" (volunteers) and "Inside" (inmate) teams. The Inside team
consists of inmates who graduated from a previous Kairos Inside weekend.
The Outside and Inside teams meet separately and together to finally form the
complete Kairos Inside
To become part of the Kairos Community
and work inside the prison on a Kairos Inside Weekend, you need to do the
must be male - women are currently not allowed to participate on the
Kairos Inside weekend in prison. However, there are many women
that volunteer to help with prayer support, logistics and baking cookies.
Women also work the Kairos Outside weekends.
Your Own Experience: Complete a weekend
experience of your own. Qualifying events include Cursillo, Walk to
Emmaus, Alternative Qualifying Weekend, Kairos Graduate, or Eighth Table
Prison Clearance: The Protestant Chaplain at
RJDCF will submit your name for an annual clearance for Chapel Volunteers.
Volunteer training: You must submit a Clearance
Request package that includes a Clearance application signed by the Prison
Chaplain and a copy of a recent TB test (within 1 year). Once the package is
submitted and processed, you will be contacted by RJDCF with a date for your
Volunteer Orientation. Once you complete the Orientation, you are
cleared to enter RJDCF.
Health certificate: The prison requires printed
results of a current TB skin test.
Warden's Approval: You must be approved to
participate in Kairos activities within the prison. The Warden reviews
any criminal record and individually approves participation by ex-offenders.
Be selected: The Weekend Leader chooses
members of the Kairos community to serve as a volunteers on the Kairos
Inside Weekend team. All prison-cleared members of the community
are invited to the closing ceremony at the conclusion of the Kairos
Inside Weekend. Of course, all members of the community actively
support the weekend through prayer and financial support.
strong desire to bring the message of Christ's unconditional love to
those who thirst for it behind prison walls.
quite ready to volunteer for a weekend, but would like to learn more?
Consider coming to one of the Kairos Inside Weekend Closing Ceremonies and
see how God has changed lives. You can apply to attend by completing
Inside and Kairos Outside spread the gospel through:
and acceptance in a Christian setting.
sharing of life's journey.
participation in support groups.
opportunity for a relationship with God.
relationships with other Christians, both in prison and outside.
We provide just
the acceptance and love that Jesus Christ brings to each person through the team
volunteers (both lay and clergy) demonstrate the Love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way
through testimonies and actions.
recent Kairos Inside graduates: