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Gratitude for the Leadership 100 Grant

Our deepest gratitude to Leadership 100 for their grant to Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry which allowed OCPM to “visit” more prisoners through correspondence during the challenging year of 2020 when most prisons were in lockdown. Reaching prisoners by mail was more needed than ever. Read about this major grant from “The Leader, Volume 22, Issue […]

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Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Amal Morcos, Communications Coordinator (amorcos@theocpm.org) (New York, NY: July 26, 2021); Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, recently held its “Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday” on July 25.  “OCPM is grateful to the hundreds of priests and church secretaries across […]

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Encyclical for Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday 2021

Sunday July 25, 2021 PDF Version “Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name.” (Psalm 142:7) To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Pious Faithful of our Holy Orthodox Church in the United States: Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings and blessings to you all! The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of […]

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5 Facts About Prison and Religion That May Surprise You

For those of us living in freedom, it is all too easy to forget the more than two million men and women imprisoned in the US. Out of sight, out of mind. And yet, the United States has the highest prison population in the world. Chances are, you or someone you know has been touched […]

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Save the Date! July 25, 2021 – Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops have blessed the Sunday before the feast of St. Silas, the patron saint of prison ministry, as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday. This year we remember this sacred ministry on July 25, 2021. This is a crucial day to spread the word that Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, the national prison […]

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Adjusting to Life After Prison

Greg is a former prisoner who was recently released to perform his parole in a small town in California. Like all prisoners, freedom and reintegration into society was disorienting. Nevertheless, one of the first things he did in freedom was look for an Orthodox parish.   “I was still unfamiliar with the bus routes and schedules […]

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Would you be ready to greet a released felon?

After serving six years in prison, Greg was a free man. But freedom did not mean that the “residue” of prison life was suddenly gone. He would need months, perhaps even years, to fully adjust to life on the outside. For one thing, he still felt deeply ashamed of the crime he had committed and […]

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Meet one of our Board of Trustees -V. Rev. Archpriest John Kowalczyk!

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry is guided by a talented and dedicated Board of Trustees. We are highlighting their experience and expertise so that you can know who leads us. Fr. John Kowalczyk is the Director of Field Education and Senior Lecturer in Ethics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, contract chaplain at the SCI Waymart Forensic Treatment […]

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Meet our Board! Our First Spotlight on Dr. Carla Thomas, MD, FAAFO, CEM!

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry is guided by a talented and dedicated board. We want to begin highlighting their experience and expertise and will start our first feature spotlight with Dr. Carla Thomas, MD, FAAFO, CEM! In September of 1978, Dr. Carla Thomas left Cincinnati, OH, packed up all her belongings and went to Boston, MA. […]

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OCPM Continues to Minister this Lent Despite COVID-19

First, thank you for your support throughout OCPM’s history. We continue to serve those who are incarcerated and their families, and provide resources, training and support to our ministry partners so that lives are transformed and God is glorified. Your support has made that possible. As you may know, I was appointed as the new […]