When We Visit Jesus in Prison

When We Visit Jesus in Prison: A Guide for Catholic Ministry by Chaplain Dale S. Recinella  Review by Ann Naffziger, M.Div., M.A.B.L. As more and more Catholics begin to explore prison ministry as volunteers and professional ministers, they need solid resources and training in order to enter into a world that is vastly different from […]

Day of Reflection

A Special Day Of Reflection For Those Who Love Someone Who is Incarcerated   Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Jesuit Retreat House 5629 State Road Parma, OH 44134   “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them.” – Hebrews 13:3   Enjoy a day of reflection and […]

Edwins Run for Re-Entry 5k

EDWINS RE-ENTRY RUN Join us on October 23, 2016 as we support EDWINS Run for Re-Entry 5K and Walk 1K! This community event will have something for just about everyone!  Food, drink and good music.  Even if you don’t plan on officially participating in the 5K Re-Entry un or the 1k walk,  join us on […]

Longtime Judge to Receive Award

Longtime Judge Carla Moore to receive St. Thomas More Award Reprinted from the Akron Legal News SHERRY KARABIN Legal News Reporter Published: April 22, 2016 When Carla Moore began her undergraduate studies at The University of Akron in the early ‘70s, she had no intention of going to law school, let alone being a judge. […]

A Reflection: Visit the Imprisoned

The Fourth Corporal Work of Mercy – Visit the Imprisoned This reflection is from the St. Thomas More Parish bulletin.  We are twice blessed.  First with clear teachings from God with respect to the incarcerated, and also through the life of Deacon Marty Thiel.   As we continue our Lenten journey, we come to the […]

Reentry Information Series

Edwins-Reentry Feature

Reentry Information Series     This multi-week Lenten informational series looks to cover many of the challenges facing citizens reentering society after an incarceration.   You do not need to attend the church service to participate in the information series, although you’re more than welcome to do so!   We hope to see you there.  It looks to be […]

Handbook for Families

ODRC’s Handbook for Families – A Big Help! ODRC has published a great handbook to help families and those in prison ministry get quick answers to many common questions.  The official title says it all:  “Handbook for the Families, Friends, Supporters and Mentors of Northeast Ohio Offenders”.   Much of this 90 page handbook is generic information […]

Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative published this amazing pie chart showing total incarceration in the United States as of September 2015.    The article accompanying the chart is a good (updated) read on US incarcerations.   The same group published the article, Jails Matter, which makes the astounding claim that 11 million people pass through our jails each […]

Supporting the Second Chance Act

Supporting the Second Chance Act is something everyone in prison ministry needs to consider. We generally try to steer clear of politics, but sometimes I bend the rules and this is one of those cases. The Second Chance Act was enacted in 2008 and provided funds to organizations assisting with the reintegration of those who […]