The Orthodox Church has dedicated the 6th Sunday of Pascha as the official day to recognize prison ministry in every Orthodox parish around the nation!. This year the official date is May 25th. If you would like to be the prison ministry contact person for your church and become...Read More
Blessings Beyond Bars is a Lenten Youth Project with the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) to teach children and young adults about prison ministry. OCPM provides a lesson plan and do-it-yourself craft activity to involve youth with a hands-on project using shoeboxes as...Read More
After 15 years in federal prison—including 22 hour-a-day lockdowns at Supermax facilities—Clark Porter achieved what was once unimaginable: a scholarship to Washington University, two university degrees, a full-time position with the US District Court, and a stable family...Read More
OCPM’s Board of Directors announced that it has named Fr Stephen Powley to the position of executive director. Chaplain Patrick Tutella, who has served as executive director since 2009, is stepping down at the end of June to begin new ventures in prison ministry. “We are very thankful to Chaplain Patrick for his dedicated leadership these past five years. He has been a great asset to OCPM,” said Eric Grant, OCPM board chairman. “At the same time, we welcome Fr Stephen into his new role and look forward to continued growth under his leadership.” Fr Stephen began working with OCPM in...Read More
For months now, OCPM staff and volunteers have been busy planning our 2014 Convocation, which was scheduled for July 24-26 in Houston, Texas. We were looking forward to inspiring speakers and workshops and, even more so, the opportunity for fellowship with you. We are writing to you now because, due to unforeseen circumstances, we must cancel this year’s convocation. We know that many of you were anticipating this event as much as we were, and we are sorry that it will not come to fruition this year. OCPM has held six convocations to date—all of them uplifting and enriching. The...Read More
To bring the love of Christ to those who are in prison by providing encouragement, material support, transition and reintegration services, Christian education spiritual guidance and the sacramental life of the Church.