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A Leadership Transition

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in News | 0 comments

A Leadership Transition

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...

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An Important Update about the 2014 Convocation

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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...

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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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