Peru Prison Ministry in Covid-19 times

Sr Carlotta smsm Prison Ministry Peru
Sr Calota smsm writes from Peru:  The Covid-19 pandemic, has unveiled realities that were previously unknown to much of humanity, among them the prison world. In order to situate us and enter a little the world of the incarcerated in Peru it is important to mention three critical points: 1. Overcrowding (140% of overcrowding is the national average): the penal population is 96, 145 prisoners as of January 2020, located in 68 prisons, with a capacity to house only 40,137, that means that 56,008 inmates have no bed or place to sleep. They try to find accommodation where they can: passageways and staircases. 2. Health Conditions of the Prison Population, accor...
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Prison ministry - lay Marist

Gemma at Digos Prison with her 3 children
Gemma Ando is a Lay Marist engaged in Prison Ministry in Digos, Mindanao, Philippines. She began this ministry in 2006 as a member of Marist Youth when she was in secondary school, under the guidance of Fr Joe McLaughlin sm. Gemma is a gifted musician and singer.She has three children Zedek, Francoise, and Stephen.Her husband died in 2014, when she was six months pregnant with Stephen.He died of heat stroke, as a construction worker.Gemma had won him over to the Catholic Faith, and he had been baptized 5 months before he died. Each Saturday morning Gemma goes to the Prison to prepare the readings and hymns for Sunday Eucharist with the prisoners. Faith sharing is an integral part of this pro...
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Prison ministry - Digos

Fr Pat Muckian sm at Digos Prison
Fr Chris Ganzon writes from Digos, Mindanao, Philipines in regard to one aspect of the life and mission of their community, in the context of establishing a new parish - Prison Ministry:  The Marists have served in the two jails of Digos City, Philippines for the last ten years. We have been chaplains at that time at the Provincial Rehabilitation Jail (PRC) with about 400 inmates and the City jail with about 800 inmates. There has been many developments in Prison Life over the years and we have built a ministry with Lay Marists and parishioners. We focused on getting to know the prisoners, providing catechesis, faith sharing, Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebration ...
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