October 13, 2017

Prison ministry conference set for Oct. 28 in Columbus

By John Shaughnessy

Are you interested in becoming involved in a ministry that focuses on bringing hope and salvation to people in prisons and jails?

Are you already involved in corrections ministry in the archdiocese and want to learn more about helping people while they are in prison—or once they are released?

An archdiocesan conference called “Corrections: A Ministry of Hope and Salvation” is designed to help anyone interested in this effort to change the lives of people who are in jails and prisons.

The conference will be held at St. Bartholomew Parish, 1306 27th St., in Columbus, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 28, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The day will start with a welcome and a reflection, followed by Mass.

Father Ron Cloutier, director of Corrections Ministries for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, will speak on successful re-entry ministries.

Misty Wallace and Keith Blackburn will share their story of redemption and forgiveness that resulted years after Blackburn shot Wallace during a carjacking crime.

Presentations on successful corrections ministry programs will also be available. And a complimentary lunch and door prizes will be offered.

“The day will include spiritual renewal focused on bringing Christ’s hope and salvation to those affected by crime and violence,” says Lynne Weisenbach, coordinator of corrections ministry for the archdiocese.

“There also will be time to interact with people from across the archdiocese who are involved in programs in prisons, and in supporting those recently released.”

There is no fee for the conference, but freewill offerings will be accepted.

Register online by Oct. 18 at www.archindy.org/prison.

For more information, contact Weisenbach at 317-592-4012 or lweisenbach@archindy.org, or visit www.archindy.org/prison. †

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