Religious Services

24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 692-7577
Fax: (860) 692-6263
Director: Reverend Charles Williams

This Unit offers a wide range of worship services, religious studies, special religious programs and counseling to the inmate population.

Annually, more than 80,000 hours of ministry time, more than 20,000 worship services and religious programs and more than 50,000 individual and group counseling sessions are provided to offenders by the Chaplaincy staff which is supplemented by numerous religious volunteers from the community.

The ultimate purpose of these services is to effect positive change in the inmate population based on religious values that translate into a secure and safe environment while incarcerated and a successful and permanent return to society. For those offenders who will never be released, the Unit's programs and services are intended to provide spiritual strength and comfort as they cope with that reality and to assist them during their incarceration.

Director Bruno and one other Connecticut Department of Correction Chaplain are certified by the American Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA). There are fewer than fourteen active ACCA certified Chaplains in the entire country.

Director Bruno is a two term past President and also former Chancellor of the ACCA, which is the first affiliate of the American Correctional Association (ACA). He is a recipient of the most prestigious award conferred by the ACA—the E. R. Cass Award (2008). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCCA) and is one of only 6 active ACCCA certified Chaplains in the entire country. The national body of the Salvation Army named him “Chaplain of the Year” in 2014 for distinguished service in the field of corrections.

He is a current member of the ACCA Executive Council, former chair and current member of the ACA Religious Faith Based Services Committee, and current member of the ACA Legal Issues Committee and both the ACCA and ACCCA Certification Committees.

He is a retired Army Reserve Division Chaplain of the 76th Div (Tng), with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, whose current civic activities include being a member of the Board of Directors of the Malta Justice Initiative and Chaplain of the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association.