Prison & Jail
MAX is the diocesan program to provide pastoral care, education, public policy advocacy and prayer support in service of the incarcerated and their families.
Logo: The name, the silhouette of a cross and the Franciscan brown color of the logo for the MAX Prison & Jail Ministry is representative of St. Maximilian Kolbe, its patron saint.
Laurie Jo Holmes
MAX Prison & Jail Ministry
Prison Ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph seeks to ensure a pastoral and sacramental presence at Missouri correctional facilities and to provide continued support to offenders re-entering society.The Human Rights Office invites you to respond to the Gospel call to “Love one another as I have loved you.” There are nearly 30 jails and prisons within our diocese. The juveniles, women and men incarcerated in these facilities have need of this ministry of presence.
The Human Rights Office oversees this volunteer-based prison ministry that responds to the spiritual needs of those who are incarcerated and their families. It assures that spiritual support is provided by trained volunteers on a regular basis in the prison system in Northeast Missouri. This includes developing and implementing strategies for training and supervising volunteers and promoting the U.S. Catholic bishops’ documents and strategies regarding prisons, detention centers and the death penalty.
Volunteers throughout the diocese minister to prisoners and provide them with free Catholic Bibles and prayer books in English and in Spanish. Over 60 of the volunteers are Certified Volunteers in Corrections (VIC). VICs offer one-on-one in-prison spiritual counseling, sacramental services, Bible study, devotions as well as evening prayers. We serve seven state prisons and many county jails throughout the diocese.
The links below will orient you to prison ministry in our diocese and provide formation as you seek guidance in answering your call to serve.
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