Category: Blog articles

Articles for the blog page

Sep 25
Grounded for the work ahead

Those who come into contact with the criminal legal system know that it dehumanizes, disenfranchises, and demoralizes. People who experience poverty and mental illness, victims of abuse, and people of color are overrepresented on death row and throughout our carceral system. This creates a critical need for prison, jail, reentry, and detention ministers — those willing to bear witness to the suffering wrought by this system, and prepared to accompany people through it.

Sep 19
The peace I’ve experienced hearing confessions in prison

The Peace I’ve Experienced Hearing Confessions in Prison “The two of us, he in his orange jumpsuit and me in my black clerical shirt and trousers, sat next to each other at one of the hexagonal metal tables in the middle of the cell block, visible to other inmates in the tiers above and below […]

Sep 07
Different workings but the same God

"Deacon Ronnie Lastovica has been visiting women on death row in Mountain View Prison in Gatesville, TX, for over 8 years. Six of the women on death row have become Oblates of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star. He discovered that these women have been including CPMC’s Mary, Mother of Captives prayer card in their correspondence. I was very honored to know my art work was being used in that way."

Sep 05
Wherever two or more are gathered…

Many Dioceses and organizations are gathering their ministers and supporters together in one place to attend the conference and to have an in-person opportunity to support and encourage each other. This is wonderful! Some of those groups have asked for suggestions of how to do this and still fully participate in the virtual conference. Below are a few suggestions.

Sep 03
Protected: Human Trafficking Resources

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Aug 29
Getting Real

Getting Real An excerpt from Jake’s personal essay: “Whenever I hear stories from the people incarcerated [at California State Prison-Sacramento], my heart grows, and I am challenged to inhabit myself more authentically. People have shared with me struggles and secrets they had never told anyone else. I’ve been present to prisoners as they learned of […]

Aug 22
Everything’s Gonna Be All Right

Everything’s Gonna Be All Right I grew up bad. Man, I was bad. I knew I was bad, and I didn’t even care. I did so many things I can’t even remember them all. Tell you what, I should be dead. That’s right. I ended up here in prison, twenty years. I deserve it. I was one […]

Aug 01
Why Prison Ministry?

You have a battlefield every time you step through another prison gate. Your injured may not show their wounds visibly but they are just as serious, if not more.

Jul 25
Ministry from the Grassroots & Grasstops

The revolution of tenderness must begin with ministering to and accompanying those who are most in need of it - our sisters and brothers whose dignity and existence is threatened daily.

Jul 19
Whose dignity anyway?

We profess to believe in the dignity of all human beings, but what does that look like? In a practical way, how do we show respect for the life of those who sit in prison cells?