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DIOCESE OF BROWNSVILLE - JAIL/PRISON MINISTRY OFFICE
Through its committed volunteers, the Diocese of Brownsville Jail/Prison Ministry office brings the Gospel message of faith, hope and love into thirty-eight facilities located within its 4-county area in the southernmost tip of the state of Texas. Due to the influx of Central Americans coming through our border, we minister to over 5,000 "unaccompanied minors" that are held in 14 different shelters in our diocese.
Our volunteers are individuals who perceive a personal call to a unique and special vocation. They must be over 18 years of age and they must be Catholics in "good standing" (i.e. receiving the Eucharist every Sunday, married by the Church, etc.). They must know the basics of the Catholic faith and be registered in a parish. They must provide a letter of recommendation from their pastor. They must all undergo a criminal background check and training in sexual assault prevention provided by the individual facilities. Our volunteers must commit themselves to regular attendance at their assigned facility as well as all required trainings.
Coming from the various parishes in the diocese, our volunteers seek out their Catholic brothers and sisters bringing them into a better understanding of the "fullness of our Catholic faith." Through proper catechesis, scripture studies, retreats, as well as Holy Mass and Liturgies of the Word in the absence of a priest, the goal of our volunteers is to present real opportunities for a personal and life-changing encounter with the risen Christ. Most importantly, our jail ministers must carry the love of Christ in their hearts.
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