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Prison, jail ministries seek more volunteers

About 50 priests, deacons, and lay people participate in the archdiocese’s Catholic Jail and Prison Ministry – but more volunteers are needed.

And Deacon Al Aulner, ministry coordinator, refers to Pope Francis’ words and actions in describing the work’s importance.

The pope has called on all Catholics to join him in proclaiming the Gospel to the world, especially to the poor and marginalized, and has himself reached out to many on the margins of society, including those in jails and prisons, Deacon Aulner said.

Jail and prison ministry attempts to respond to the Holy Father’s call, he said, and volunteers can:

Share their faith with teenagers currently incarcerated or at-risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, telling them about Jesus and his love for them.

Anonymously correspond with inmates via letters, sharing the Gospel message and God’s love for them.

Assist in inmates’ faith formation as they prepare to re-enter society.

Assist inmates in work release programs as they prepare to re-enter society.

To learn more, contact Deacon Aulner at 402-342-7142 or

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