The Silver Jubilee Year of Prison Ministry India—Mangaluru Unit inaugurated – KONKANCATHOLIC.COM

The Silver Jubilee Year of Prison Ministry India—Mangaluru Unit inaugurated

September 30, 2023

Mangaluru: Rt Rev Dr Aloyisious Paul D’Souza, the Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore, inaugurated the Silver Jubilee year of the Prison Ministry India-Mangaluru Unit on September 28, 2023, at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru.

He officiated at the Eucharistic celebration at 10.30 am, where Rev. Fr Stifan Perera, the Director of the Shrine, preached a meaningful homily reflecting on the Biblical readings of the day. His homily centred on the theme of how to rebuild the ‘temple of the Lord’ and the need for it in the present context.

At the end of the liturgy, Bishop Emeritus unveiled the logo of the Jubilee Year and recalled the launch of Prison Ministry India – Mangaluru Unit 24 years ago. He appreciated the yeoman services rendered by the members of the unit and wished all success in the Jubilee year.

When it was launched, the ministry was entrusted to the leadership of the Carmelite priests of the Infant Jesus Shrine. May lay people and religious sisters join this mission and carry it out faithfully.

The Prison Ministry works under the motto of witnessing God’s liberating love to the people behind bars. The members of PMI commit themselves to the release, renewal, and rehabilitation of those behind bars by following the principles, such as prayer as the source of power, God´s providence as their bank balance, inconvenience as convenience, and local contribution as an operational lifestyle, in order to bring them into the main stream of society.

The Prison Ministry of India aims to extend love and concern to those behind bars and to give insights and assistance for the enrichment of their lives. It also works to help and guide the released prisoners for re-settlement, to extend whatever services are useful for the welfare and rehabilitation of the prisoners, and to be a non-commercial service society.