Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry will significantly increase one of its greatest resources this year, thanks to a new grant from The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. The grant enables OCPM to provide prison ministry training to Orthodox clergy in major metropolitan areas. The training covers important topics like what to do when a parishioner is arrested, how families and loved ones are affected when someone gets arrested or goes to prison, how parishes can reach out to parishioners who’ve been released from prison, and how to begin a prison ministry. “Clergy are...Read More
Recognized for a lifetime dedicated to serving Jesus Christ in prison and among the homeless on the streets, Fr. Duane Pederson was presented with the Matthew 25:36 Award on July 26, 2012 by the board and the staff of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry at the OCPM Fourth Annual National Convocation. The award contains a piece of actual prison bar from Graterford State Prison, Philadelphia, PA with the simple inscription of Matthew 25:36 (“I was in Prison and you came to me…”). Father Duane Pederson was acknowledged for having served over 40 years in prison ministry and for...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.