Prison Ministry


March 4, 2012

Through the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, parolees work on the grounds and facilities of Grace, College Hill, as part of a community services program.

[Episcopal News Service] For more than five years, parolees have gone each month to Grace Church, College Hill,...

March 1, 2012

By: John Martin

In 2001, members at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, MD, received information about some of the visitors to the federal prison at Cumberland. Several of our parishioners are police officers, and they reported to us about women and children sleeping in their cars because they could not...

April 19, 2011

A piece of wood atop a bathtub forms the altar for Sunday worship services at the Sing Sing men's maximum-security prison in Ossining, New York. But on Easter, the wood is removed and the bathtub becomes a font where prisoners -- typically identified only by number -- are called by name and...

August 19, 2010

The Rev. Christopher Johnson, the Episcopal Church's officer for social and economic justice, went to opposite corners of the United States early in August to discern how the church can support and strengthen the summer camp ministry to children who have lost a parent to a prison cell.


June 24, 2010

The Rev. Dennis Gibbs received an urgent phone call from a New York City stranger right after a PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly segment featured Gibbs' chaplaincy at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, one of the country's largest jails.

"He saw the part of the...

June 4, 2009

After serving two years in an Oklahoma state prison, Melissa Serrano was paroled, but not released. At least not until six months later.

For another prisoner, Noel (who asked that his real name be withheld), the wait between parole and release was longer, about four years.


January 30, 2009

It was almost 20 years ago when a University of Michigan English professor, Buzz Alexander, entered a Coldwater, Mich., prison to conduct a theater workshop with inmates. At about the same time, an Episcopal priest, Joe Summers, and some members of his fledgling congregation in Ann Arbor,...

July 30, 2008

The Diocese of Florida is partnering with Prisoners of Christ, Inc. to provide spiritual care for ex-offenders, their loved ones and families of those currently incarcerated. Beginning Sunday, August 3, Jacksonville's Church of the Nativity will offer worship services where all are welcome,...

February 25, 2008

March 2 bulletin inserts describe prison ministries in several dioceses around the Episcopal Church, and provide a set of Prayers of the People for celebrations of Prison Ministry Sunday.

Bulletin inserts are available here.

June 27, 2007

Children of parents in prison "are invisible. No government entity is responsible for them," says a U.S. Senate report.

The president says there are 1.5 million of them. The Bureau of Justice statistics say they have a 70 percent chance of going to prison just like their parents.