HALLOWELL — People can learn more about prison ministry in the Diocese of Portland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the annual Catholic prison ministry gathering in the hall of Sacred Heart Church at 7 Summer Street. A remote option also will be offered.

The gathering draws those who minister in Maine’s jails and prisons, others who minister to those returning to society, individuals who support families of incarcerated persons, and people who wish to discover ways in which they can help the ministry. Sponsored by the Parish Social Ministry program of Catholic Charities Maine, the gathering is an opportunity to connect with others in these ministries and to learn about the various aspects that flow from Jesus’ call to visit the imprisoned.

The theme for this year’s program is “Speak Up for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves,” a reference to Proverbs 31:8-9, and will include updates on federal and state legislative issues related to criminal justice, incarceration, re-entry and recovery programs.

Participants will include Bishop Robert Deeley and Christy Williams, the senior manager of Catholic Charities USA’s Social Policy and Government Affairs department. Updates will be offered on the latest developments from the Maine Legislature as well as on Rose’s Room, a monthly, nonsectarian support group in Maine for those with a loved one in prison or jail that meets via Zoom.

For more details or to learn about the remote option, email Parish Social Ministry at psm@ccmaine.org. To learn more about prison ministry in the Diocese of Portland, visit portlanddiocese.org.



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