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Prison Ministry Gathering Held in Waterville and Online, Friday, June 10

June 15, 2022

Portland, Maine – Catholic Charities Maine and Notre Dame Church in Waterville, Maine, hosted a “Lunch and Learn” program examining the spiritual foundations on which prison ministries are built. This event took place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, June 10, at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville. Lunch is included for those joining onsite.

“This was our first in-person gathering since the start of the pandemic, and it was exciting to be able to see old friends,” said Frank Daggett, program Director of Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministries. “We also welcomed new people who are interested in learning about ministering to the incarcerated in Maine’s jails and prisons, working with those re-entering our communities, and assisting families of the incarcerated around the state.”

The program included:

  • Joe Cotton of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition shared reflections on accompaniment in the model of Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry His cross.
  • A pre-recorded presentation by Father George Williams, SJ, Catholic Chaplain at San Quentin Prison and director of a California re-entry program, featured a discussion of prayer in prison.
  • Members of St Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford, Maine, shared their thoughts about ministries for the incarcerated and their families.

To learn more about prison ministry outreach, please email [email protected].

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