Opportunities and Contacts for participation in Prison Ministry

Ministry Conducted Outside Prison Walls

  • Twin Cities Prison Ministry Steering Committee - 30 hours per 1 year. Meetings - Third Thursday
    of the month 4-6pm. Contact:

  • Legislative Action - Review potential public policy matters listed on US Conference of Catholic
    Bishops Restorative Justice website (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/criminal-justice-restorative-justice/index.cfm), Minnesota Catholic Conference (https://www.mncatholic.org/advocacyarea/restorative-justice/), Catholic Mobilization Network (https://catholicsmobilizing.org/), Prison Fellowship Justice Reform website (https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/justicereform/) and Center for Prison Reform (https://centerforprisonreform.org/)   Inform steering committee of suggested actions.

  • Prayer Warriors - Pray during Residents Encounter Christ (REC) retreat weekends or for special intentions whatever time available per request. Prayer Warriors are notified by e-mail about four times a year to request prayers during the REC Weekend Retreats held in prison. A follow up e-mail is sent at the conclusion of retreats to provide an insight about the weekend. Currently over 100 parishes in the Archdiocese of St Paul & Mpls are involved.

  • Angel Tree - Coordinator: 35 hours annually September through December; Coordinate this ministry at your church to obtain and distribute gifts for children of incarcerated parents through Prison Fellowship Ministry

  • Pen Pal - Training and support provided by TC Prison Ministry (TCPM) and the Order of Malta. Correspondence: minimum of one letter a month for 1 year. Click here for Pen Pal guidelines. Click here for information about the Order of Malta. Contact us to get involved: tcpm.linda@gmail.com 

  • Birthday Card - Meet together with other parishioners once a month to write Birthday Cards to those in prison. (https://www.affirmingyou.org/)Contact TCPM (tcprisonministry@yahoo.com) for more info.

  • Rosary Distribution - Distribute breakaway rosaries and brochures - "How to Pray the Rosary" to prison Chaplains

  • FISH - Family of Incarcerated Support and Hope Group - food prep, child care once a month on 2nd Thursday of the month at St. Joseph Church, Rosemount 6pm - 8:30pm. Contact:  tcprisonministry@yahoo.com 

  • Start a Prison Ministry program in your parish. We would be happy to assist you as you start a prison
    ministry in your parish or to direct you to a workshop near to you.

Ministry Conducted Inside Prison

Certain prerequisites are required and participation in Mentorship require a minimum of one year commitment

       Participation in weekend retreat (Together Encounter Christ (TEC), Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus or other charismatic retreat), Department of Corrections facility training including background check (3 hours)

Time commitment:1 day team formation, 2 1/2 days retreat weekend and1/2 day reunion the Saturday following the retreat.

  • REC Connect – if interested in followup from retreat, monthly meetings following REC retreat at the facility with song, worship and teachings to support a Christ Centered Community within the prison;

  • Charis Retreats - http://www.charismn.com/index.php - Prerequisite: participation in weekend type retreat like Together Encounter Christ (TEC), Cursillo or Walk to Emmaus type plus DOC facility training and background check- 3 hours; Time commitment: 3 days team formation (1 outside the facility and 2 inside), 3 1/2 day retreat weekend (Thursday evening thru Sunday) and1/2 day reunion the Saturday following the retreat.

  • Bible Study – meets on a weekly basis; commitment for 1 year. Rotating list of volunteers - may only need to attend once a month.

  • One to One Mentoring - transition programs - Training and support provided by Prison Fellowship (https://www.prisonfellowship.org) - one year commitment