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Parish prison ministry sets inmates free
Program benefits parishioners living on both sides of the bars
|INMATES AT MASS: Jackson Correctional Institute (JCI) inmate Thomas Kerns receives Communion from Fr. Robert Streveler. Fr. Streveler, members of St. Joseph Parish, Black River Falls, and other area parishes regularly visit JCI for liturgical and catechetical outreach to prisoners. (Joseph O'Brien photo)
Fourth in a series
on prison ministry
By Joseph O'Brien
La Crosse Catholic Times
FALLS -- It's 7:15 p.m. on a Tuesday at the Jackson Correctional Institute pastoral center. Like clockwork, inmates file in, take their seats and begin class. Like clockwork.
Everything for a JCI prisoner is ruled by four walls and the clock - from the moment they rise until their world is sealed at evening lockdown - enclosed by high, barbed-wire fences and watchful tower guards.
But one hour a week, prisoners can escape and become "a prisoner also for Christ Jesus" in the prison ministry program sponsored by St. Joseph Parish, Black River Falls. Parishioners have been making the 10-minute drive to the 251-acre medium security prison with 975 male inmates since it opened in 1996.
The ministry includes Mass two Sundays a month, a Communion service two Sundays and weekly catechetical classes where parishioners and inmates discuss the week's Gospel or gospel-related themes such as non-violence or the impact of crime on victims. Full story ...
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