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
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...Read More
“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...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.