Catholic social teaching has as its center the defense of human life and the recognition of the dignity of every human person. God creates every human person in His image and likeness and endows each person with a unique dignity which cannot be denied, ignored or surrendered. The people who have committed crimes retain their God given dignity, value and worth despite their actions.
The objective of this ministry is to bring the good news of Christ to the inmates and create opportunities for them to discover His unconditional love and mercy. We also want the inmates to know that there is a larger Christian community that cares for them. Volunteers assist in creating opportunities for the inmates to hear the gospel and to encounter Christ.
In jail & prison ministry there is an understanding that criminals failed to respect the rights of others and acted in a way that disregarded their personal responsibility to follow the laws of society. By their actions, criminals harm the common good; nevertheless all human persons, including those who have broken the laws of society, are to be treated with respect and their human dignity must be preserved. We are all sinners, and every sin harms the common good. Learn more about how to volunteer.