Gatesville Region Corrections Ministry
The Gatesville Corrections Ministry provides a pastoral presence to men and women inmates incarcerated in TDCJ prison units in the Gatesville region. The ministry is also available to serve TDCJ correctional facility staff and anyone associated with the incarcerated. The ministry is shared by Fr. Harry Dean and Deacon Ronnie Lastovica.
Rev Harry Dean, Jr.
Following the flow of oil, Fr. Harry claims home towns of Midland, Houston and Austin. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984, he began a career in Broadcast Journalism. On June 1, 1996, Fr. Harry Dean, Jr. was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood. Fr. Harry has served the Diocese of Austin in a number of roles, most recently as Vicar for Priest prior to his assignment to the Corrections Ministry. In 2016, Fr. Harry was appointed by the Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez to minister to the inmates and staff of the major TDCJ prison units in the Gatesville region. Fr. Harry celebrates Mass, hears inmate confessions, confers the sacraments, and provides spiritual counseling and direction within these units.
Deacon Ronnie Lastovica
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Ordained to the sacred order of Deacon on June 18, 2000, Deacon Ronnie was appointed Chaplain to Prisoners in 2001 by the Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, and thus began his journey into prison ministry. He is a member of the first class of the Diocese of Austin Institute of Spiritual Direction, completing the three-year program in 2006. In 2014, Deacon Ronnie was appointed by the Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez to serve as the Pastoral Care Coordinator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Gatesville Region, which is comprised of six major TDCJ units housing some 9,000 offenders, including the woman's Death Row. Deacon Ronnie is actively engaged in the ministries of administration, adult formation, preaching, pastoral care and spiritual direction within these units.