Ministry for Those in Prison
“I was in prison, and you visited me.”
No getting dressed, no driving, no visits to a prison, no prison check-in…just you writing a letter from the comfort of your home.
The Catholic Council of Women of St. Martin De Porres Parish supports Friends with Pens. Friends with Pens is a pen pal mentoring program sponsored by the Order of Malta; a lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113AD. As a volunteer, you would commit to anonymously writing monthly correspondence to an inmate who has been screened by the program. These inmates often feel alone and forgotten, and your inspiring words of comfort fill them with hope.
Incarcerated participants have agreed not to request special favors from you (financial assistance, romantic involvement, personal contact). To ensure your safety and privacy, all correspondence is exchanged directly through the Order of Malta headquarters in St. Paul, MN.
Your personal letter is a work of hope and mercy; expressing compassion, understanding and guidance to rebuild inmates’ self-esteem. As a prison pen pal mentor, you are participating in the valuable act of restorative justice. Studies have proven that pen pal mentoring decreases the rate of recidivism and helps to positively form the character of those who will be returning to society. Program instructions and sample letters are all provided in the Pen Pal Mentoring Guidance Package provided by the Order of Malta, once you volunteer in the program. For more information, please visit The Order of Malta Federal Association, USA is a lay religious order of the Catholic Church Prayerfully consider participating in this program to help repair our fractured world. We greatly appreciate all your efforts to assist the Catholic Council of Women in promoting this important ministry.
During this pandemic Fr. Dominic and the Catholic Council of Women (CCW) have found that our elderly and sick parishioners are unable to attend Mass or unwilling to leave their home; making them feel lonely or abandoned. We would like to let our fellow parishioners know that their faith community is here for them.
So, The Ministry of Mercy Outreach Program was created. A team of fellow parishioners has been organized to reach out to show mercy, compassion, and love to our most vulnerable. The team makes phone calls, visits to the home, communion delivery, and other activities as needed. The team will also update the parish directory information as part of the call or visit. Please consider joining our faith community team in making this outreach program a success. Call Robin Marvive at 209 502-0904 or email email@example.com .