David C. Patton Correspondence Ministry

Due to David C. Patton’s long-time contribution to the correspondence ministry through the mailing of his publication, Dynamis, to people in prison and a generous grant from the David Patton Foundation, this aspect of OCPM’s ministry is now known as the David C. Patton Correspondence Ministry.

The correspondence ministry of OCPM was begun by Father Duane Pederson and the letters are known as a “visit-by-mail.”

Our staff take the time to personally respond to every letter sent to them by a prisoner. OCPM processes more than 90,000 pieces of mail each year. We also send pamphlets, icon cards, books, Bibles, and study courses.

OCPM contacts a prisoner by mail, on average, 120 times per year.

Prisons have stringent rules for mail due to the risk of contraband, which is mostly street drugs. All of OCPM’s materials adhere to those prison mail guidelines.


OCPM handles 92,310 pieces of mail each year on average

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More than 2 million icon prayer cards have been distributed

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More than 1 million OCPM publications distributed to prisoners