“I would like to express the closeness of the Pope and the Church to every man and woman around the world who is in prison. Jesus said: ‘I was in prison and you came to me’ (Mt 25:36).” -Pope Francis
“Behind the Walls” support
Dedicated volunteers provide spiritual support to Catholic and non-Catholic inmates in Vermont correctional facilities. Services provided include: Mass, Communion services and the Sacrament of Reconciliation; distribution of Bibles, rosaries and devotional reading materials; faith enrichment discussion sessions; sacramental preparation; and individual pastoral counseling when requested.
Support to newly released inmates
The reality for many newly released inmates is that they are re-introduced into society with no employment, no support and only a few dollars for food and shelter. Given these challenges, it is critical that newly released inmates receive some immediate financial assistance to help them have a chance at a new start. Assistance that Vermont Catholic Charities provides includes rent assistance, clothing vouchers and grocery cards.
If interested in learning more about the services Vermont Catholic Charities provides or volunteer opportunities, please contact Deacon Gerry Scilla, Prison Ministry Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-658-6111.