“I was in prison and you visited me.”–Matthew 25:36

Prison. Not a pleasant thought, but a reality for more than 59,000 prisoners in the state of Georgia.

Incarceration… the very thought of it makes most of us feel uncomfortable. As a society, we’ve “put away” the men and women serving time in prisons and written them off as cold, hardened criminals. Our thoughts and words flow all too easily, with little emotion, “They got what they deserved.”

But, even for those surrounded by walls of thick concrete and razor wire. The Body of Christ is there and as children of God and of the Catholic Church, it is our responsibility to bring Holy Communion to anyone who wishes to receive it, no matter what their circumstances. It is not our role to judge, only to serve and to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

There are many things we can’t give them. What we can give them is God’s message of Hope, Love, and Forgiveness. As a result, many inmates are baptized and confirmed into Holy Mother Church each year. The vineyard is ripe. Jesus said in St Matthew’s gospel, “I was in prison and you visited me.”

An inmate, who was baptized and confirmed, wears a rosary bracelet, a gift from prison ministry volunteer Dolly Fairclough of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta.
Photo By Michael Alexander

“I was in prison and you visited me.”–Matt 25:36

Transitional deacon Brian McNavish joins hands with an inmate during the praying of the Our Father.
Photo By Michael Alexander

“If you can’t go inside yourself, please continue to help me go inside for you.” – Paul Caruso

An inmate receives Holy Communion.
Photo By Michael Alexander
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