Prison and Jail Ministry


Prison and Jail Ministry of the Diocese of Grand Rapids is called to serve by providing a Catholic presence to the incarcerated and those returning from incarceration, within our diocese. This presence comes in the form of Catholic religious services and the sharing of Catholic educational material. For a list of our program services, click here.

Prison and Jail Ministry has been offered by the Diocese of Grand Rapids for over 40 years. Currently, the ministry serves 21 Correctional Facilities throughout our 11 counties. These correctional facilities include jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers. This ministry has over 100 active priests, deacons and volunteers who bring messages of hope to those affected by incarceration within our diocese. Through our volunteers, we offer 46 weekly services, including Masses, Communion services, RCIA classes, and prayer services. 

In addition to our programs within our facilities, Prison and Jail Ministry has a re-entry outreach ministry, GROW (Guiding Returning Citizens to Our World), for people returning from incarceration. GROW helps break the cycle of recidivism by educating parish communities on the spiritual needs and concerns of returned citizens and their families. GROW helps create welcoming faith communities through building awareness and relationships. Through GROW we journey with our Catholic brothers and sisters as they re-enter society and help find them a faith community where they can continue to grow spiritually. Are you interested in joining our ministry? Please contact us at 616-475-1255.

Want to learn more?

Watch the video below


View images: Journey of Hope Through Restorative Justice

Journey of Hope Through Restorative Justice

Artwork by Eric Boldiszar:

This artwork was created as gift from Eric Boldiszar, inmate at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility to those who contributed the 3rd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference. Each piece is unique and portrays some aspect of the healing power of restorative practices. To view images, hover and click on the left/right arrows, or click on the image to visit Flickr and view the album. To learn more about the artwork, or prison and jail ministry in the diocese, please contact Tricia Worrell, director.

Restorative Justice Conference Radical Forgiveness

CPI Students of Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia organized this years Restorative Justice Conference held at Cathedral Square Center on Oct. 19.

For those who were not able to attend, please view the conference videos below.


Eric Boldiszar welcomes attendees to "Radical Forgiveness"

CPI students at MTU discuss their understanding of forgiveness and the transformative affect on their lives.

Upcoming Events

Restoring, Reconciling and Healing Prayer Service

During Respect Life Month, join us for an ecumenical prayer service. Bishop Walkowiak will preside at the service for:

  • those incarcerated and their families
  • prison and jail volunteers
  • employees of correctional facilities
  • associations that offer assistance to our prison and jails
  • victims of crime and their families


Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 - 10 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
St. Ambrose Chapel

301 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Register Here

Volunteer Resources


Volunteer Schedules / Sign-Ups

Volunteers, please select the appropriate facility below and sign up for your available date and time.

September & October