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 are representative of St. Maximilian Kolbe, its patron saint.
MAX Prison & Jail Ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph seeks to ensure a pastoral and sacramental presence within Missouri correctional facilities and to provide continued support to offenders re-entering society.
There are seven state prisons and over 20 jails throughout our diocese. Volunteers minister to these women and men by providing spiritual counseling, sacramental services, Bible study, devotions and evening prayers. The Human Rights Office supports this volunteer-based ministry by ensuring resources are available to meet the spiritual needs of those who are incarcerated and their families.
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.
The Human Rights Office invites you to respond to the Gospel call to, “Love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34)".
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