Pelican Bay State Prison

Volunteer Catholic Chaplain: Deacon Leo Appel

Within the boundaries of St. Joseph Catholic Church is located Pelican Bay State Prison, California's toughest correctional institution. The boundaries of St. Joseph Catholic Church include the entire county of Del Norte and therefore St. Joseph Parish is responsible for the more than 3,500 incarcerated individuals housed at Pelican Bay State Prison.  If you have a loved one that is incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison and you would like a special visit by a priest please contact the Catholic Chaplain's office at the prison to make the arrangements. 



“Some lived in darkness and gloom, in prison bound with chains.” Psalm 107:10