“Then he said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.'” (Mt 9:37-38)
In October 2017 I started to perform ministry for the Catholic inmates at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, NC. Unlike jail inmates, prison inmates are incarcerated for a longer period of time. It is common for lay ministers to minister to the same inmates for several or more years.
It was important for me to develop a large volume of lesson plans and Bible studies in order to keep the lessons fresh and to avoid repeating the same information over and over again. I searched the internet for lesson plans and Bible studies for Catholic inmates. I was able to find the information I needed but it took me considerably more time to find the information I needed than what I thought it would.
The inmates that I minister to advised me early on that they wanted to watch DVD’s on their Catholic faith and on Scripture. With each DVD lesson plans that I have posted I have included a website link where the DVD can be purchased as well as the “talking points” for each episode. The “talking points” are a detailed summary of each episode. I have found that having the “talking points” for each episode stimulates discussion and helps the inmates to have a better understanding of the material that was covered in the DVD lesson.
The “Forum” tab on the menu is a blog where Catholic lay-ministers will be able to ask questions, seek advice and post their experiences in prison ministry. I wanted to create a website that would serve as a community where Catholic lay-ministers would be able to have access to lesson plans, Bible studies, post questions and post their experiences in prison ministry.