Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry

by the Rev. Susan M. Reeve, deacon at St. Brigid’s, Rio Vista

Matthew 25:39 “And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”

At the core of my call to ordained ministry, lie the Kairos Prison Ministry and its need for clergy women. We round out the teams who present the Kairos way of life to women whose lives are impacted by incarceration. Some are inside, serving sentences anywhere from ten years to life without possibility of parole. Some are free women who (though they may not reveal this to you) have spouses, children or other loved ones doing hard time. I love to work in a team, and though I can be strong as a pioneer, I do not function well as a lone wolf. Over the decades, God has increasingly opened my heart to the woundedness of our society at the place where the criminal justice system intersects with the way we treat people with mental illness. So Kairos is my spiritual workplace. It is also well suited to the diaconal calling because it is not a sacramental ministry as we think of in our liturgies. Naturally, there is an essential element of confession and forgiveness, yet it is in the formation of small groups, the building of trust through song, prayer, laughter and tears, that God brings hope and healing.

I ask your prayers as a team is currently forming to go into Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla from February 14th – 17th. I invite you to come to the closing of that weekend for a few hours on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17th, to meet some of the residents and hear their testimonies. Come and see! The website www.kpmifoundation.org will give you the big picture. My contact info is 707-374-5734 riolibrarian@gmail.com.

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