What’s it like to volunteer with the prison ministry?
Deacon Bill Davis, director of Catholic Prison Ministry, says, “When you volunteer to minister in a prison, you answer the call of Christ to show concern for people who are imprisoned. You fulfill one of our corporal works of mercy. You have the chance to bring Christ to people who need the Good News of the Gospels. Statements made by prison ministry volunteers echo Deacon Davis’ beliefs.
They have made comments such as:
- “It is great to help someone find Jesus Christ.”
- “The inmates look forward to our visits. They appreciate someone being concerned about them.”
- “Working with others gives me a chance to give back.”
- “Volunteering with prison ministry is a most rewarding experience.”
Deacon Davis is the contact for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis program. Volunteers in the Prison Ministry will be mentors to inmates in the Shelby County Division of Corrections located on Mullins Station Road. To qualify to volunteer, individuals must be 21 years old, preapproved for training, able to pass a background check and must attend a four-hour orientation. As part of the approval process, each person must submit an online application (www.shelbycountytn.gov), a copy of motor vehicle/background review and a photocopy of his or her driver’s license. To contact Deacon Davis, call (901) 373-1299 or send an email to bill. firstname.lastname@example.org. Orientations sessions run from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will be offered on several dates as follow:
- Tuesday, March 14.
- Thursday, April 13.
- Tuesday, May 9.
- Thursday, June 8.
- Tuesday, July 11.
- Thursday. August 10.
- Tuesday, September 12.
- Thursday, October 12.