Prison Ministry


May 13, 2007

Prison chaplain and Episcopal priest Joyce Penfield was in her second year working at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, Rhode Island, when she noticed the inmates in the women's division were starting to look familiar.

Penfield was seeing prison statistics reflected in...

November 16, 2006

The ministry of chaplains serving the State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana, is the focus of an Episcopal Church documentary titled "Changing Lives: Behind the Walls at Angola."


A clip of the feature-length program, newly released this year, is online here.


November 10, 2006

Prison ministry – including a new feature-length documentary on chaplains' work at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary – is the focus of a new Sunday service leaflet insert designed for use on November 19.

The inserts may be downloaded and duplicated for insertion in parish bulletins...

March 31, 2006

“Episcopalians know how to do camp,” the Rev. Jackie Means tells anyone who will listen. “Why don’t we do camp for children of prisoners?”

The director of prison ministry for the church says that a child with a parent in prison has a 70 percent chance of going to prison, too. Children...

March 31, 2006

"Changing Lives: Behind the Walls at Angola" is the title of a new feature-length video documentary following the effects of an Episcopal chaplain's ministry inside a prison once considered the bloodiest in America: the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana (http://www.corrections....

September 29, 2005

The congregation is small. There are about 42 communicants, and between 15 and 20 show up on any given Sunday night for Eucharist.

"In that respect, it's very much like any other parish in the Episcopal Church," says the Rev. James Tramel, who ministers to the congregation.


April 30, 2005

Haunted by the fact that 900 Alaskans are imprisoned in Arizona, the Diocese of Alaska sponsored a contingent of inmates’ family members to visit Arizona recently. Ten Alaskans made the journey with hope, trepidation and cartons of moose meat, salmon strips and muktuk.

“I will forever...

April 14, 2005

The Louisiana State Penitentiary -- once labeled the "bloodiest prison in America" -- sprawls across 18,000 acres of fertile river bottom land surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River and on the fourth by the Tunica Hills north of Baton Rouge in Angola.

On March 1 a group of 20...

September 27, 2004

The Prison Ministry Commission of the Diocese of Lexington will host an ecumenical conference and workshop at St. Peter's Church in Paris, Kentucky, October 29-30.

Conference participants will explore the ways and means of providing help to the incarcerated and their families.


May 31, 2004

A SHIFT IN political attitudes toward criminal justice reform marked the Eighth National Prison Ministry Conference, held in the Diocese of Texas.

Corrections officials from Texas - the state leading in executions -- said they had become convinced that rehabilitation and re-entry...