Prison Ministry

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

PrisonVolunteersNo
GulbargaSr. Reena SSpS, Fr. David, Fr. Nelson OCD, Fr. Praveen,
Ms. Leena Pereira, Sr. Laveena BS
6
BijapurSr. 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. Kilash9
BidarSr. Christine and Manisha
Carmel Seva Trust
2
HumnabadSr. Zeena BS, Fr. Sathish and others5
AuradSr. Treasa SSpS, Sr. Linnet SRA, Fr. Harry, Sr. Roseline SSpS4
BalkiFr. Karunesh and Sr. Laveena2
Basava KalyanSr. Maria Jose1

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. NoMethod/ procedureActivityPersons responsibleDate and placeNumber of participants / Beneficiaries
1International Women’s DayBijapur PMI Team20.05.2018
Bijapur Prison
 Cultural Program, Games and Entertainment, Talks
2PMI Meeting of Bidar Deanery (Sacred Heart Parish, Bidar)Sr. Reena21.06.2018PMI TeamIntroducing the PMI and selecting new members for the Team
3Formation of new team and PMI MeetingSr. Reena01.08.18
Deepalaya
PMI TeamMonthly meet
Introduction
Orientation
4Prison Ministry SundayPMI Team13.08.18
Cathedral
PMI Team, GulbargaPMI Sunday
5Independence day celebrationSr. Linnet, Sr. Treasa and team15.08.18
Aurad Sub Jail Prison
60 prisoners and staffGames and entertainment
6Celebration of Prison Ministry SundayBijapur13.8.2017ParishonersHoly Eucharist
7PMI Meeting in BangalorePMI, Bangalore18.08.2018Sr. TreasaMeeting
8Raksha Bhandan ProgramSr. Linnet, Sr. Treasa and team29.08.18
Aurad Sub Jail Prison
62 prisoners and staffGames and entertainment and motivational talk
9Awareness on Girl Child and Child marriageSr. ChristineSeptember 2018Sub Jail , BidarLecture, Film, Games
10Release of prisoner SandeepSr. Reena25.9.18
Gulbarga Prison
On completion of 10 years of convictionBy paying the fine of amount 15000.00 and getting release order from Bidar court
11Release of prisoner KhalanderGulbarga2.10.2018
Gulbarga Prison
On Gandhi Jayanthi DayFine Rs.3000.00 and legal assistance at Raichur court
12Eye Campand Bijapur PMI Team Sr. Irene30.10.18
Bijapur
 Medical Camp
13Skin CampGulbarga PMI Team02.11.2018150Medical Camp
14Celebration of Diwali in the Prison, KaluburagiGulbarga PMI Team6.11.201840Lighting the lamps and prayers
Refreshment
15Prison Ministry meeting in MangaloreLocal travel in M’lore, PMI meet17.11.20181 personMeeting
16Christmas programGulbarga PMI Team14.12.2019All the prisoners participatedProgram
Message
Refreshment
Christmas gift – Musical instruments to the prisoners
17Christmas programAurad Zone   
18Celebration of International Women’s day in the Central Prison KaluburagiGulbarga PMI team16.03.2019Women prisonersContentGames, 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.