Prison Ministry

 

Bringing the Word of God
and the sacraments of the Catholic
Church to men, women and juveniles
who are incarcerated. 

 

 

 

                                      

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The Catholic Charities Prison Ministry brings the Word of God and the sacraments of the Catholic Church to men, women and juveniles who are incarcerated throughout the diocese.

A Ministry of Volunteers

To accomplish its objectives, this ministry relies on volunteers – priests, deacons, religious, and lay men and women – who willingly give of their time to serve those members of Christ's church who are imprisoned.

Volunteers are active in the state prisons, county jails, re-entry centers, juvenile detention centers and other correctional institutions throughout the five counties of the diocese. The volunteers are trained to work in small teams which minister in specific institutions at various times during the week. On average, individual volunteers visit institutions twice a month.

Prison Ministry has expanded and grown to the point where it currently has more than 130 volunteers. These volunteers are active on a weekly basis in twenty correctional facilities throughout a five county area. Collectively, ministry volunteers have an estimated 20,000 inmate-contacts each year.

Please read: "Prison Ministry: A Ministry of Presence”

"…I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”
Phil. 4:13

Prison Fence

 

Giving of Time, Talents and Treasures

Volunteers participate in Prison Ministry in the following ways:

Priests:
Celebrate Mass, hear Confession, provide spiritual counseling, and administer Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick to inmates.

Deacons:
 Administer the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Baptism, conduct para-liturgies and prayer meetings, facilitate bible discussions and provide spiritual counseling.

Religious Sisters and Brothers:  
Assist at Mass, if certified, administer the Eucharist to inmates, conduct para-liturgies, prayer meetings and bible discussion sessions. They also provide spiritual counseling in the absence of a priest or deacon.

Lay Ministers:  
Assist at Mass, if certified, administer the Eucharist to inmates, conduct para-liturgies, prayer meetings and bible discussion sessions. They also provide spiritual counseling in the absence of a priest or deacon.

 

"Here I am Lord, I come to do your will."
Jn. 21:17

 

Ministry Partner

Working with Catholic Charities Respect Life Ministry, Prison Ministry offers Rachel’s Vineyard, a post-abortion healing program, to those incarcerated in state prisons throughout the diocese. To learn more, please visit our Prison Ministry Post-Abortion Healing page.

 

"And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
1 Cor. 13:2-3
 

 

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