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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist at the canonization of Frei Galvão in São Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007    
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Capuchin Franciscan Friars - Prison Ministry

My Last Day

Prison Ministry, Father Mitch Pacwa


Pope at Jubilee of Prisoners asks society to facilitate the reintegration of the imprisoned


Bring mercy to the sick and to prisoners


Prison Ministry - Helping to redeem, restore and reconcile

Restorative Justice

2014-06-27 Restorative Justice Interviews (with Ron Zeilinger and Amalia Molina)


Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry Volunteer Experience--Tim Duggan  

Vatican Penitential Celebration 2016.03.04

Amen Lord off Songs from Harare Prison--"Ndaive Mbava".
Capuchin Franciscan Friars - Prison Ministry


  • Prayer To End The Use Of The Death Penalty
    Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.
    We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.
    We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.
  • Prisoner's Prayer to St. Maximilian Kolbe
    Prisoner-Saint of Auschwitz, help me in my plight
    Introduce me to Mary, the Immaculata,
    Mother of God. She prayed for Jesus in
    a Jerusalem jail. She prayed for you
    in a Nazi prison camp. Ask her to comfort
    me in my confinement. May she teach me
    always to be good.
    If I am lonely, may she say "God is here."
    If I feel hate, may she say "God is love."
    If I am tempted, may she say "God is pure."
    If I sin, may she say "God is mercy."
    If I am in darkness, may she say "God is light."
    If I am unjustly condemned, may she say "God is truth."
    If I have pain in soul or body, may she say "God is peace."
    If I lose hope, may she say: "God is with you all days, and so am I."
  • Prayer for Inmates and Correction Officers
    Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails, penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
    Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in their good resolutions.
    Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and desires.
    Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and training them, that they might have a right judgment with respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the salvation of souls.
    Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment, love and patience toward those under them, and in your own good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.
  • Prayer For Those Who Work in Prisons
    Those who are busy and weighed down with responsibility, stop, stand in the light and find strength and rest. For all who work in prisons, and care for those who are imprisoned, it is very easy to get sucked down into the suffering and needs of others, to be so committed to ensuring that others have the tools they need to change and turn their lives around that they forget their own needs. In times of stress and pressure, of financial constraint and shortage of resources, prison staff want to make a difference but need to remember to take care of themselves, of one another and to offer support and affirmation.
    Lord, you said ‘come to me all who labour and are heavy laden’, you said ‘cast your burdens on me and I will give you rest’, give to all who work in prisons and carry the needs and burdens of others, the grace, strength and courage to continue, and the rest they need for renewal and recreation. In Jesus’ name.
  • Prayer of Pope Pius Xii for Prisoners
    O Divine Prisoner of the sanctuary, Who for love of us and for our salvation not only enclosed Yourself within the narrow confines of human nature and then hid Yourself under the veils of the Sacramental Species, but also continually live in the tabernacle! Hear our prayer which rises to You from within these walls and which longs to express to You our affection, our sorrow, and the great need we have of You in our tribulations, above all, in the loss of freedom which so distresses us.
    For some of us, there is probably a voice in the depths of conscience which says we are not guilty; that only a tragic judicial error has led us to this prison. In this case, we will draw comfort from remembering that You, the most August of all victims, were also condemned despite Your innocence.
    Or perhaps, instead, we must lower our eyes to conceal our blush of shame, and beat our breast. But, even so, we also have the remedy of throwing ourselves into Your arms, certain that You understand all errors, forgive all sins, and generously restore Your grace to him who turns to You in repentance.
    And finally, there are those among us who have succumbed to sin so often through the course of our earthly lives that even the best among men mistrust us, and we ourselves hardly know how to set out on the new road of regeneration. But despite all this, in the most hidden corner of our soul a voice of trust and comfort whispers Your words, promising us the help of Your light and Your grace if we want to return to what is good.
    May we, 0 Lord, never forget that the day of trial is an opportune time for purifying the spirit, practicing the highest virtues, and acquiring the greatest merits. Let not our afflicted hearts be affected by that disgust which dries up everything, or by that distrust which leaves no room for brotherly sentiments and which prepared the road for bad counsel. May we always remember that, in depriving us of the freedom of our bodies, no one has been able to deprive us of freedom of the soul, which during the long hours of our solitude can rise to You to know You better and love You more each day.
    Grant, 0 Divine Saviour, help and resignation to the dear ones who mourn our absence. Grant peace and quiet to this world which has rejected us but which we love and to which we promise our co-operation as good citizens for the future.
    Grant that our sorrows may be a salutary example to many souls and that they may thus be protected against the dangers of following our path. But above all, grant us the grace of believing firmly in You, of filially hoping in You, and of loving You: Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever.

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