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Medical Camp at Central Jail , Gulbarga

Prison ministry, Gulbarga unit in collaboration with the Basaveshwara Hospital, Kalaburagi organised Skin Check-up and Treatment  on 2nd November 2019 for the prison inmates  at Central Jail, Kalaburagi.  Mr. I. S Ramesh Chief Superintendent inaugurated the Medical camp and invited the inmates to make use of the facility.  He also Thanked Sr. Reena  D’Souza SSPS […]

The Prison Ministry in Gulbarga diocese continues in 8 prisons of the 4 districts. The Prison Ministry volunteers have teamed up in each prison involving Sisters, Priests and some lay persons. There are regular activities taking place once a week or once in 15 days. Prison volunteers spend time in counseling, praying or other activities during every visit.

The Activities include:

  • • Regular visits to the Prison
  • • Visits to the Family
  • • Counseling the Prisoners
  • • Release of Prisoners
  • • Legal assistance
  • • Monthly meeting and Adoration by the PMI team

Prisons in Gulbarga Diocese:

Following are the persons volunteered to Prisons in Gulbarga Diocese

Prison Volunteers No
Gulbarga
Sr. Reena SSpS, Fr. David, Fr. Nelson OCD, Fr. Praveen, Ms. Leena Pereira, Sr. Laveena BS
6
Bijapur
Sr. Irene, Sr. Gracy, Fr. Jerry D’Souza SJ, Fr. John dsouza Sr. Francina S.J.C. Sr. Rita, Sr. Hrudaya SJT , Sr. Carmine UFS and Mr. Kilash
9
Bidar
Sr. Christine and Manisha Carmel Seva Trust
2
Humnabad
Sr. Zeena BS, Fr. Sathish and others
5
Aurad
Sr. Treasa SSpS, Sr. Linnet SRA, Fr. Harry, Sr. Roseline SSpS
4
Balki
Fr. Karunesh and Sr. Laveena
2
Basava Kalyan
Sr. Maria Jose
1

Activities and Programs during the last six months :

During the past year the prison ministry volunteers took the initiative to organize following programs in the prison:

Sl. No Method/ procedure Activity Persons responsible Date and place Number of participants / Beneficiaries
1
International Women’s Day
Bijapur PMI Team
20.05.2018 Bijapur Prison
Cultural Program, Games and Entertainment, Talks
2
PMI Meeting of Bidar Deanery (Sacred Heart Parish, Bidar)
Sr. Reena
21.06.2018
PMI Team
Introducing the PMI and selecting new members for the Team
3
Formation of new team and PMI Meeting
Sr. Reena
01.08.18 Deepalaya
PMI Team
Monthly meet Introduction Orientation
4
Prison Ministry Sunday
PMI Team
13.08.18 Cathedral
PMI Team, Gulbarga
PMI Sunday
5
Independence day celebration
Sr. Linnet, Sr. Treasa and team
15.08.18 Aurad Sub Jail Prison
60 prisoners and staff
Games and entertainment
6
Celebration of Prison Ministry Sunday
Bijapur
13.8.2017
Parishoners
Holy Eucharist
7
PMI Meeting in Bangalore
PMI, Bangalore
18.08.2018
Sr. Treasa
Meeting
8
Raksha Bhandan Program
Sr. Linnet, Sr. Treasa and team
29.08.18 Aurad Sub Jail Prison
62 prisoners and staff
Games and entertainment and motivational talk
9
Awareness on Girl Child and Child marriage
Sr. Christine
September 2018
Sub Jail , Bidar
Lecture, Film, Games
10
Release of prisoner Sandeep
Sr. Reena
25.9.18 Gulbarga Prison
On completion of 10 years of conviction
By paying the fine of amount 15000.00 and getting release order from Bidar court
11
Release of prisoner Khalander
Gulbarga
2.10.2018 Gulbarga Prison
On Gandhi Jayanthi Day
Fine Rs.3000.00 and legal assistance at Raichur court
12
Eye Camp
and Bijapur PMI Team Sr. Irene
30.10.18 Bijapur
Medical Camp
13
Skin Camp
Gulbarga PMI Team
02.11.2018
150
Medical Camp
14
Celebration of Diwali in the Prison, Kaluburagi
Gulbarga PMI Team
6.11.2018
40
Lighting the lamps and prayers Refreshment
15
Prison Ministry meeting in Mangalore
Local travel in M’lore, PMI meet
17.11.2018
1 person
Meeting
16
Christmas program
Gulbarga PMI Team
14.12.2019
All the prisoners participated
Program Message Refreshment Christmas gift – Musical instruments to the prisoners
17
Christmas program
Aurad Zone
18
Celebration of International Women’s day in the Central Prison Kaluburagi
Gulbarga PMI team
16.03.2019
Women prisoners
ContentGames, cultural program Refreshments

Along with the inside activities the prison ministry team also takes the initiative to visit the families of the prisoners, meet the children, bring the children to meet the parents etc.

Conclusion:

Prison ministry is an ministry of self giving and commitment without expecting in return. Once you inside the prison and come out you may feel burdened with heavy hearted feelings, the pain of the prisoners and helplessness when you could not be an help. But at that same time prisoner may feel light hearted, an inner joy and consolation after having poured out the sorrow. However busy we may be with our activities outside offering an listening heart to a prisoner will be a great service that will be counted.

There is a great need to bui;ld up the prison ministry team in our Diocese. All the volunteers need to be regular in their visits and other prison ministry activities besides once own busy schedule. Our team members are slowly withdrawing themselves and the interactions with the prisoners is going slow.