Ministry Name

The Diocese of Grand Rapids Prison and Jail Ministry


360 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

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Prison and Jail Ministry establishes and maintains Catholic religious services within 21 correctional facilities located in our 11-county diocese as needed. This ministry has more than 150 active volunteers including Bishop Walkowiak, lay men and women, priests, and deacons. Through these volunteers we offer 46 weekly services, including Masses, Communion services, RCIA classes, and prayer services. These services are held in seven prisons, four county jails, and three juvenile detention centers. In addition to our services offered inside correctional facilities, we offer spiritual support and programming for those returning to society through our new re-entry outreach ministry called GROW (Guiding Returning Citizens to Our World). During this past year, GROW welcomed and guided four returned citizens to our diocese and presented reentry panel discussions in three parishes and two conferences.

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