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A Prisoner’s Attitude of Gratitude

by Fr. Luke A. Veronis  Fr. Luke A. Veronis and his wife Presbytera Faith have served Sts. Constantine and Helen Church since December 2004. Fr. Luke also serves as the Director for the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, which is located at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at both Holy Cross […]

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Honoring the Ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2021

Every year we observe Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of the civil rights leader’s achievements in advancing racial equality through non-violent protest. Dr. King’s peaceful approach, inspired by Christ and the teachings of the Holy Bible, revolutionized this nation and its trajectory.  Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry honors his legacy and all those […]

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Happy New Year from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry!

Happy New Year!  Despite the immense challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and a generally hectic 2020, your prayers and financial support allowed Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry to adapt and continue to minister to those who are incarcerated and their families.  Fr. John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education Studies at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, federal corrections […]

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

A Nativity message from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry and an inspirational story from Fr. Stephen Powley.

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How COVID-19 Affects the Future of Prison Ministry

Fr. John Kowalczyk is the Director of Field Education Studies at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, Contract Chaplain at the SCI Waymart facility in Pennsylvania, and member of the Board of Trustees of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry. In our recent blog post, Fr. John helped shed some light on the current situation in prisons and jails due […]

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A Thanksgiving Message from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We would like to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving! Amidst this difficult and challenging year, we still have so much for us to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Orthodox Christian […]

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The Challenge of Prison Ministry During the Pandemic

It’s Wednesday morning and I say my prayers before a small copy of the Hawaiian myrrh streaming Icon of the Theotokos and I anoint myself with the holy myrrh and ask for Her Holy intercession and protection as I leave the Church rectory for a short 15 minute ride to the state institution at Waymart, […]

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Susan’s Story- How OCPM Transforms Lives

Susan is a sister in Christ who is serving time in a state prison in Texas. She shares, “I used to dream about getting paroled— what I would eat first and finally getting a good night’s sleep. Now I dream of finally hearing the Divine Liturgy, experiencing the Mystery of the Eucharist…I pray for my […]

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The Impact of Incarceration on the Family and the Church

By Father Stephen Powley There is an amazing story tucked in the Book of Joshua (chapter 7) in the Old Testament that is often overlooked. After the Israelites had taken the walled city of Jericho by the miraculous hand of God, they were to take a very small town called Ai. After the Israelites were […]

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Deacon Noah on the Importance of Giving Monthly & Our Matthew 25:36 Fellowship

Dear Faithful Friends, In the early 2000s I met Fr. Stephen Powley from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry at a church college event and later we served together at the Antiochian Village Adventure camp. Hearing his incredible stories of prison ministry, my eyes were opened to the reality of Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to Me.” Until that time, I was […]