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A Life Transformed

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in articles, News, testimonials | 2 comments

A Life Transformed

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 life. And that’s not even the most incredible part of the story. Fr. Stephen Powley can laugh about it now. At the time, his early encounters with Clark Porter weren’t funny. Fr. Stephen was a prison chaplain; Clark was serving a sentence for robbing a federal post office. “I used to dread walking down Clark’s...

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Life in Prison: A Lesson of Faith

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in articles, News, testimonials | 6 comments

Life in Prison: A Lesson of Faith

Several months ago, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco received an unexpected letter. It was from four Orthodox men serving life sentences in a “concrete Jericho”—a maximum security prison in California—asking for the “unthinkable”: His Eminence to visit and bless the prison. “Struck by the intensity of their words,” he visited the men during Great Lent, talking and praying with them and offering them Holy Eucharist. Afterward, His Eminence sent a thoughtful reflection to OCPM, which includes excerpts from the letters the men sent him....

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A Short Journal of an Orthodox Christian Prison Worker

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in testimonials | 1 comment

A Short Journal of an Orthodox Christian Prison Worker

This personal Journal covers only a few days of ministry with men in a state prison in New England but it gives insight into the labor of love that prison ministry is and the rewards it offers.  Some names and identifying characteristics were changed out of respect for the people who are incarcerated. Monday, April 22, 2012 Fr. Stephen M. came in and presided over Paschal Agape Vespers, in which we read the gospel in Spanish, Greek, Slavonic and Latin, and sang Christ is Risen, The Angel Cried and many other hits.  The men were clearly moved by the Orthodox Faith and saw the passion for our...

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The Birth of a Prison Ministry

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in testimonials | 0 comments

The Birth of a Prison Ministry

This wonderful letter is from a volunteer who just started an Orthodox study in a prison.  As you will see, the materials that OCPM provides are a great blessing to both the volunteers and to those who live in these places.  Thank you for your help in making all of this possible.  This letter is really the fruit of your love and work with OCPM. We had 10 men attend tonight. The OCPM catechism materials and OSB were distributed and reviewed. One of the men said “Is this Bible for us? No one has ever given me a Bible. I am using a borrowed one for tonight. This is my first...

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An Amazing Story

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in testimonials | 0 comments

An Amazing Story

An Amazing True Story When Christy* was just 4 years old, she experienced her father’s uncontrolled temper in the form of physical abuse. By the time she was a young teenager, her father was imprisoned for life. She dropped out of school in seventh grade in order to go to work to help support her family. When Christy was 15 years old, however, her young work life was cut short when her mother was killed by a drunk driver. Christy became a ward of the state, and eventually ran away from foster care. The next year, her younger brother was murdered. Christy couldn’t reconcile in her heart...

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