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Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

Orthodox Bishops Designate Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday 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 involved on this day, here are some easy steps!   First, be sure to receive the blessings from your parish priest. Contact our office, and we will immediately send your parish a laminated icon of Christ the Prisoner to venerate on that day. Email:...

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The Legacy of Metropolitan Philip

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Legacy of Metropolitan Philip

Together with our Orthodox brethren, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry reflects on the legacy of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. He was instrumental in the development and growth of OCPM and has always been close to our hearts. When OCPM Founder Fr Duane Pederson was ordained into the Orthodox Church in 1991, he had already been active in prison ministry for more than 25 years. It was with the blessing of Metropolitan Philip that Fr Duane continued to work in prison ministry after his ordination. “Usually you’re ordained to an altar, to a parish,” said Fr Duane. Yet His Eminence...

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Correctional Chaplains Conference Seeks Orthodox Participation

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Correctional Chaplains Conference Seeks Orthodox Participation

The Northeast Region of the American Correctional Chaplain’s Association (ACCA) held its 2014 Conference this past week in New Jersey. OCPM’s Executive Director Chaplain Patrick Tutella and board member Fr. John Kowalczyk participated. The conference brings together chaplains of different faiths to hear speakers on relevant topics in correctional ministry. This year’s topics included religious freedom in prisons and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The conference provides an opportunity to make new relationships and build on existing ones. One of the attendees, Fr Paul Tolve, a Roman...

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A Lenten Reflection on St Mary of Egypt

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in News | 0 comments

A Lenten Reflection on St Mary of Egypt

“Where shall I begin to weep for the actions of my wretched life?  What first-fruit shall I offer, O Christ, in this my lamentation?  But in thy compassion grant me forgiveness of sins.”  (The Canon of St. Andrew, Canticle 1, vs. 2.) During Great Lent we remember and venerate Saint Mary of Egypt both on April 1 and the Fifth Sunday of Lent. With the Canon of St. Andrew, read in many churches during the first and fifth weeks of Lent, we uphold her as an icon of repentance, an example for every Orthodox Christian to emulate. Yet for many years, she lived a life of bondage to...

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Blessings Beyond Bars

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Blessings Beyond Bars

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 mock-prison cells. We offer fundraising ideas to collect donations in the boxes to help OCPM fill prisons with Bibles, prayer books, icons and Orthodox books. This project can be done with your parish, Sunday School, youth group, family or friends during Lent!

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The Road to Redemption

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in News | 2 comments

The Road to Redemption

At 28, Helen Sharkey landed her dream job as an accountant at a prominent company in Houston. She never imagined that the dream would become a nightmare, ultimately resulting in a felony plea and a sentence in a maximum security prison. The company was Dynegy Corporation, an energy trading firm and Enron rival. Sharkey was assigned to work on Project Alpha, a now-infamous deal in which Dynegy recorded $300 million in loans as income. Sharkey was the youngest and most junior member of the team. She says she knew that what she was being asked to do was unethical, but convinced herself that...

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