Feature article: Saints Who Were in Prison

Thomas More (1478-1535) was a good husband and father, had a sense of humor, and a pleasant personality. He also was a successful lawyer, scholar and writer, and his talent won both the friendship and recognition of King Henry the Eighth of England. Eventually, the king appointed him to the post of Lord Chancellor – the highest position in the government. It was a great honor and Thomas served with fairness and justice. What at first seemed like a dream-come-true turned into a nightmare that cost Thomas his life. Eventually, the king decided to divorce the queen because they had no children. He desperately wanted a son to succeed him as king. When the pope refused to dissolve the marriage, the king declared himself head of the church in England, divorced the queen and took a new wife.

When citizens were asked to make an oath of loyalty to the king as the head of the church, using his knowledge of the law, Thomas claimed the right to remain silent and retired from public life, resigning as Chancellor. Nevertheless, he was summoned to back to court and jailed in the Tower of London, where he remained in solitude for 15 months …

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Also included in this issue: An Update from Director Ron Zeilinger, Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice & Christ’s Body Behind Bars.

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Feature Article: We are happy to share that Dismas Ministry’s board of directors added three new members as of January 9, 2013.

Dismas Ministry New Board MembersSister Ruth Poochigian, OP, is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. She holds an M.A in Systematic Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, and a PhD in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has had a career in teaching, spiritual direction, chaplaincy and for the past four years has been serving in correctional ministry.

Schauneille Allen, is currently the director of the Outreach Ministries at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. She holds a Masters of Science in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, with Certification in Urban Ministry. She has years of involvement in Clinical Pastoral Education, chaplaincy and social ministry including correctional ministry. She is a member of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association.

Rev. George Williams, SJ, is currently a candidate at Northeastern University, Boston, MA toward a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Policy. He holds an MDiv and an MA in Spiritual Direction from Weston Jesuit School of Theology- Cambridge, and dual degree-M.A./MSW in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Forensic Social Work from Boston College. He is a member of the Order of Malta–American Association and served their prison outreach as spiritual director. He serves as theology instructor and chaplain at San Quentin Prison, California.

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