Prison Ministry serves about 37 correctional facilities in the 12 county Archdiocese which includes jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities. Led by Deacon Tim Zinda, Prison Ministry provides a Catholic, sacramental presence in these facilities, spiritual direction, and support to inmates of all faiths. There about 90 active, Catholic volunteers which include priests, deacons, and lay persons from the Archdiocese ministering in these facilities.
Prison Ministry also facilitates REC (Residents Encounter Christ) which is a 2-day weekend spiritual retreat. REC is built around the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In this process, prison participants experience the forgiveness and love of God and a renewed spirit of hope and peace. The REC retreats are put on once a year at 3 different prisons: Lino Lakes, Stillwater, and Rush City. Anywhere from 40 to 80 inmates attend and many inmates who have previously been through REC assist with the retreat.
In 2015, Prison Ministry began the EMBRACE program, linking a prisoner about to be released with parish volunteers. The volunteers provide housing, transportation, and work connections to the individual with the hope of helping the former inmate reintegrate into society. This program has continued to grow since its inception.
2018 Goal Amount: $45,345
For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.