Mercy Triumphs!

As we approach Great Lent, here is an important clarification: An exact keeping of the fast, attending all the extra services, and reading all the Biblical readings each day will not, in and of themselves,...

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Taming That Little Flapper

Today’s Epistle reading is from James 3:1-10. The photo, which was taken on a backpack on the Continental Divide Trail, reminded me of this passage. After informing us that the tongue is a fire, St....

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“Lavishly” Experiencing the Grace of God

CHRIST IS BORN!! GLORIFY HIM! “Never judge anyone, for any reason. Never do anyone harm. Discipline yourself, purging both material and spiritual evil. Nurture a modest and gentle spirit. Do these things, noticing your own...

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New Chrismations from Prison

Dear to Christ members of the OCPM family…  I had the great honor and blessing to Chrismate two men in prison yesterday. The men were filled with such incredible joy. Things worked out perfectly to...

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St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalivia

This story came to me from two different priests. After reading it, I found that it was definitely one to pass on to you. The Saints are truly wonderous in the Lord! Love in Christ…...

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On St. Nicholas

December 6th is an important day in my home each year. The “why?” is best answered by sharing this true story with you. If you are a fan of the Paul Harvey radio programs, you will be familiar...

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Why Am I Here?

Have you ever asked God: “Why am I here on this earth? What is it You want me to do with my life Lord?” Those are great questions to ponder. There can be various answers...

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Playing the Fool

I confess to you, the reader, that I have played the “fool” in my own life. I remember as if it were yesterday, coming home from college for Christmas. My mom was cooking breakfast and...

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Fr. Stephen Powley serves as the Director of Training and Spiritual Care for OCPM. He is the Priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Pueblo, CO. 

Fr. Stephen began serving as a Prison Chaplain in January of 1985. He has ministered in every prison security level, from minimum to super-max. He eventually retired from Prison Chaplaincy in August of 2010.
 Over those years, Fr. Stephen had the great privilege of being a spectator of many incredible things that God did inside the prisons. He began serving on the OCPM Board of Directors in 2005 and he began working with OCPM following his retirement. Over the years, Fr. Stephen has been the keynote speaker at numerous spiritual retreats and conferences across the nation. He continues to enjoy speaking and educating people from all walks of life, with the goal of inspiring and encouraging people in their Christian faith.


Fr. Stephen resides in Colorado with his loving wife of 44 plus years, Presvytera Ashley. They have four wonderful children, two wonderful sons-in-law, one wonderful daughter-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. In his free time, Fr. Stephen loves mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Before he went to seminary, he was a Smokejumper for the Forest Service, parachuting into wilderness areas to fight forest fires. Some have suggested a few bad landings on his head may have influenced his decision to become a Prison Chaplain. (He would prefer to think it was the guidance of the Lord.)