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Our Deepest Gratitude: Thank You to Supporters on GivingTuesday

When Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) announced its 2022 GivingTuesday campaign in honor of the new Storybook Connections program, which sends storybooks to children read and recorded by his or her parent in prison, there was a lot of initial excitement. But no one could have guessed how many people would commit to supporting this […]

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Storybook Connections: OCPM Announces New Ministry for GivingTuesday Nov. 29

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) Will Join Millions Around the World in Celebrating GivingTuesday on November 29, A Global Day of Generosity This year, OCPM is hosting a special campaign for its new ministry program, Storybook Connections, which helps families torn apart by the U.S. prison system stay connected through the power of literature, letting children […]

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“I Want to Be a Member of God’s Church”

As we continue to the Liturgical New Year season, we are so excited to share with you the inspirational story of our friend, Johnny, who found the Orthodox faith while in prison. Johnny’s testimony is such a powerful example of what Christ is doing in prison through your support. Please enjoy the video and share […]

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+Fr. Duane Pederson+ Founder of OCPM

It is with joyful sorrow that we announce that the founder of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, Father Duane Pederson, has reposed in the Lord on July 20, 2022. A former leader in the Jesus People Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Father Duane had a ministry to men and women living on the streets of […]

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PRISON MINISTRY Appoints Rev. John Johnson as New Board Member

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, is very pleased to announce Rev. John Johnson as its new Board Member. Fr. John serves as the priest at St. Thecla Orthodox Church, a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) in Kensington, Maryland. With the blessing of […]

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PRISON MINISTRY Hires the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk as Director of Training and Spiritual Care

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, is very pleased to announce the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk as its Director of Training and Spiritual Care. Fr. John is the rector of St. Michael’s Church in Jermyn, PA, and the Director of Field Education and Senior Lecturer in Ethics at […]

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New Podcast Mini-series on prison ministry

Niko Petrogeorge, the Executive Director of OCPM, conducts a series of interviews related to prison ministry. Topics include “the tools of spiritual warfare,” “from prison life to parish life,” and “the impact of OCPM on those incarcerated.” You can listen to all three podcasts and download them here.

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Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Appoints Dr. Theodore Saclarides to Board of Trustees

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Theodore Saclarides to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Saclarides is a cancer surgeon and a deacon at Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. It was the litany petitions of the […]

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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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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 […]