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praying handsDismas Ministry recently launched a new inmate correspondence course called Pray Always-A Catholic Prayer Study for Inmates. Like the ministry’s two other courses, this unique course is designed especially for Catholic inmates who want to learn more about their own faith tradition and be able to defend it against challenges from prison volunteers, staff and fellow inmates.

The course includes a series of three resource books that together provide a comprehensive review of how and why Catholics pray. The first book, Part 1: Prayer in the Old Testament, includes the lives of the great women and men of ancient Israel and examples of how they prayed.This first part presents the background for the next book, Part 2: Prayer in the New Testament. In this part of the course, Jesus, Mary, the disciples and other people of Jesus’ ministry are presented as models of prayer. How the psalms and temple worship influenced Christian prayer are explored. Part 3: Prayer in the Catholic Tradition explores how Catholics have prayed from early to modern times.

Read more about the Prayer Study in our Newsletter>

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!

Click here to read the other 6 Secrets on beliefnet.com>

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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> 

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“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.

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