Prison Ministry

Prison MinistryContemplative Network conducts Centering Prayer workshops at the Texas Department of Corrections’ Ellis Unit in Huntsville and Tennesse Colony Unit in Palestine.

Unit information includes the following:

Ellis Unit – Phone: 936-295-5756
1697 FM 980, Huntsville, TX 77343
Chaplain:  Information not available at this time.
Pop. 2,000

Volunteer Contact:  David Schubert,

Tennessee Colony Unit


Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Michael Unit
2664 FM 2054
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75886-5000


1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
12:00-2:30 pm

For spiritual support and encouragement, and/or an invitation to join the prayer group, you are encouraged to write the leader, Alex Torres, lovingly known as “The Abbott” as follows. Do NOT give your home return address but instead the address of a P.O. Box or Church.

Alex Torres #1090676
Michael Unit
2664 FM 2054
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75886-5000


See also a brochure entitled “Locked Up And Free” that you may download at any time.


Ellis Unit – 2019:  Wonderful, enriching opportunity for one or two men who practice Centering Prayer to deepen their Practice by leading a Centering Prayer Group in prison.  To be honest, when I first heard about leading a group in prison, I was very scared, but after two times I was at ease and found the process very inspiring.

This is not a time consuming commitment!  If you want to do it permanently, you can certainly do so, but I need a volunteer only 2 or 4 times in an entire year.  I can give you full details over the phone.  Call me at 832-567-7813 and I will explain.

The prison is in Rosharon which in only about 45 minutes from my home near the South Loop at S. Main in Houston.  It is only 30 minutes from Pearland or 26 minutes from Lake Jackson.


Trappist Monk Thomas Keating speaks on true freedom at Folsom State Prison (32 min.)

Read a first hand account of this extraordinary event (.pdf file)




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