Detainees are our fellow parishioners, Prison Ministry reminds us

Detainees are our fellow parishioners, Prison Ministry reminds us

By LINDA BEHRENS Contributing Writer “It’s Canon Law that surrounding parishes take care of those who are in the prisons near them. Those in custody at these prisons are members of the local parish,” says Louis Slapshack, associate coordinator for ...
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Mass celebrated in southern Illinois prisons for first time in 18 months

Mass celebrated in southern Illinois prisons for first time in 18 months

By LINDA BEHRENS Contributing writer Due to COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020, the Illinois Department of Corrections closed all prisons, jails and work camp access to clergy and lay volunteers who were providing Catholic service ministry to detainees and those ...
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What Is A Pen Pal Ministry?

What Is A Pen Pal Ministry?

A group of volunteers have expressed an interest in corresponding with someone in prison. A ministry you can engage in without leaving your home, and at your own convenience. An exchange of friendly letters provides a diversion from the endless ...
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NACC & CPMC – Pathways of Formation

NACC & CPMC – Pathways of Formation

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains and the Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition program called Pathways of Formation is for those who want to train to minister to those affected by incarceration in our prisons and jails. Foundational is for those ...
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OBK Volunteer Positions Open

OBK Volunteer Positions Open

OBK continues to search for lay volunteers who have specific gifts that would mesh with the needs of our returning citizens. The following positions are open and OBK would welcome all who have the desire and ability to work with ...
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