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  • April 12, 2024 1:33 pm local time

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For several years, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Camden has had an established Diocesan-wide Prison Ministry consisting of volunteers who go inside the jails and prisons located in the six southern-most counties of New Jersey. Within our Diocese, there are five county jails, three state prisons, and one federal prison. Together, our prison ministry works to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the incarcerated in a variety of creative ways.

Most of the volunteers are lay people, but there are a few priests, deacons and religious sisters. The volunteers participate in a various religious services such as Centering prayer, Scripture Study, Communion Services, Mass, RCIA Prep, and more. Three times a year, our Bishop, Dennis Sullivan, celebrates Mass inside of these prisons. Following Mass, many of the facilities have a reception for Bishop Sullivan and the volunteers. Sometimes, the incarcerated are permitted to join the reception.

Our prison ministry regularly organizes donation drives to meet the needs of the incarcerated who often come in so poor and destitute that they have no money to buy even the most basic clothing such as underwear or socks. We organized a donation drive and sent the word out to parishes and the community, and the underwear donations came pouring in. We received donations from not only New Jersey, but from people as far away as the Pacific Coast.

We are now in the process of expanding our Prison Ministry Department by establishing a new Diocesan Reentry Program. The inside volunteers plant the seeds of hope and faith inside the hearts of incarcerated so that they fully intend to start a new life upon release. Often times upon release, there is no one there for them when they must face the obstacles of being an ex-offender and reintegrate into society. We researched many reentry programs and feel that the “One Parish One Prison” program would work best in our Diocese.