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Prison Ministry
Prison Preaching Network established

Dominicans have been active in prison ministry from the very beginning of their religious experience in the 13th century. Some say the founder himself, St. Dominic, visited prisoners in Rome. So did St Catherine of Siena in Italy. Many Dominican provinces and congregations also have a tradition of prison ministry. Today, around the world, a considerable number of Dominican priests, sisters, and lay people continue this long tradition, bringing the mercy and love of Jesus to the lives of those in prison.

However, despite this rich tradition, which includes Fr. Marie Jean Joseph Lataste OP there still does not exist any significant contact, let alone sense of solidarity, between these contemporary “Latastes.”

Consequently, in order to meet these needs, and as part of our Apostolic Mission, on March 4, 2010 a small group was initiated to start building up a Prison Preaching Network (PPN) amongst Dominicans, or Dominican-inspired entities, that are currently working in the prison ministry. The main idea is to create an active network of solidarity amongst Dominicans involved in prison ministry with a special focus on the practical side of the apostolate.

If you are working in prison ministry, or are interested in it, you are invited to join the PPN. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prisonopnetwork, follow the instructions and register your name.


Prakash Anthony Lohale, OP
Socius for Apostolic Life