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Become all you were created to be!

– A reflection by Rob Kerby, Senior Editor of www.beliefnet.com

Secret 1. You can do anything!

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith … even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” Matthew 21:21

There’s an incredible promise in those verses. If you can do anything in God’s strength, then you certainly can change yourself. Furthermore, Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 4:23 both promise us that we can be changed, in fact completely transformed by renewing our minds. What does that mean? To live differently, we must think differently. We must not seek to be like the world but yearn to be in God’s service. 2 Corinthians 8:5 tells us of Christians who practiced generosity because they first gave themselves to the Lord. What motivates us to want to do that? 1 John 5:3 tells us it is our love for Him. Love is one of the strongest forces in existence. If you are having difficulty changing yourself, read 1 John 2:15-17, Matthew 10:34-37, Matthew 22:37-40, John 14:15 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. God’s blessings and mercy are vast. He loves you!

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where are the catholics video screen cap

We’ve created a series of videos of an honest sharing of Prison Ministry volunteers to help you discern if prison ministry is the  right path for you. We hoped you are touched an inspired to act by listening to their stories.

For more ways to get involved click here> 

c4 video screen cap

“C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith” is a series of videos created by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Celebrating the year of Faith, these videos are meant to answer questions about our faith and how we live it, as well as fuel a passion with in us to take action as Catholics.

As Dismas Ministry continues our “Where are the Catholics?” Awareness project, we wanted to share the video where Bishop Don Hying, who is the Archdiocesan Delegate on Dismas Ministry’s board of directors discusses “What’s God’s Plan for Me?”.

As you watch take time to reflect on how prison ministry could fit into how God’s plan for you to learn to love and to serve others.

Click here to go to our Act page for ideas on how to become involved>

Here is a collection of thankful from responses from inmates who have received our materials.

bible gift

kitten and mailboxRemember the feeling of excitement that you used to get as a child when you received a letter in the mail? At Dismas Ministry, we get that feeling everyday when we read the letters from inmates who are requesting or who have received our materials.

We work to serve  a variety of inmates’ needs in several ways, both through direct and indirect outreach. The service we consistently provide is sending free Catholic scripture and spiritual resources to inmates.

This includes Bibles, prayer books and study courses. You can check them out here>.

Our process of providing this service is special. Inmates learn about us on a word of mouth basis, whether it is from a loved one on the outside who gives them our information or a friend imprisoned with them who is already receiving our materials. The inmates then write us a letter sharing their interest in a specific item or simply learning more about how we can help them.

dismas materials box

Package filled with the materials Dismas Ministry initially sends inmates.

We answer their initial letter with general information about our ministry, including a material brochure listing  all of the items they may request. Thus begins a correspondence back and forth, where we are able to provide the resources inmates need to grow in their faith.

Since inmates actually have to write to us, our materials go to inmates who really want to make an effort to change their lives. We see the effect of our process in the positive responses we receive from the inmates on our feed back cards. Their comments truly touch our hearts. Look for our “Inmate Voices” posts to hear what they say in their own words.

pile of Dismas Ministry mail

One weeks worth of Dismas Ministry requests ready to be sent out!