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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 Board of Trustees Meet for First In-Person Meeting Since the Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Inquiries: Amal Morcos (973-714-0510) (Denver, CO: August 23, 2021) Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, recently concluded its first in-person meeting of its Board of Trustees since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Board of Trustees met in Denver, CO. “It was rewarding to […]

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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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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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Encyclical for Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday 2020 from Archbishop Mark, Episcopal Liaison, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

Sunday July 26, 2020 Prison Ministry Awareness 2020 “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who suffer evil, as though you yourself were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3) To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Pious Faithful of our Holy Orthodox Church in the United States: Beloved Brothers and Sisters […]