On October 19, 2013 Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCSJ) presents “A People of Hope”, a volunteer support and development conference for those who serve our brothers and sisters in and out of prisons. This was a day to explore the rewarding and transformative work of Prison Ministry in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The event took place at St. Andrew Kim Parish and special guest speakers included:
- Gerry Ayotte, Archbishop’s Representative to Prisons: The Paschal Mystery and Relational Hope
- Dr. Christine Jones, President of Redeemer Pacific College: “Catholic Social Teachings on Restorative Justice Inspiring our Prison Volunteer Outreach”
- Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB: “Vision for the Future of Prison Ministry”
Below are two articles written by Erin McDougall, CoSA volunteer, who attended the Support and Development Day:
BC Catholic Story: Coming Soon
Papal Honouree brings ‘heart of the Gospel’ to inmates: Gerry was key in beginning our prison ministry in the Archdiocese. He now serves as Archbishop’s representative to prisons. a papal medal On November 24, 2013 at the closing Mass for the year of Faith at the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Gerry received a papal medal, the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice which is the highest honour members of the laity can receive from the Pope. To learn more, read his interview with the BC Catholic.
For a downloadable version of the poster, please click here.