Categories
News Press Releases

“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 […]

Categories
News Press Releases

+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 […]

Categories
News Press Releases

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 […]

Categories
News Press Releases

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 […]

Categories
News Press Releases

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.

Categories
News

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 […]

Categories
News Uncategorized

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 […]

Categories
News Press Releases

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 […]

Categories
News

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 […]

Categories
News

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 […]