Prison and Jail Ministry

Upcoming Events

Kate Grosmaire, author of "Forgiving my Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace," will headline this year's West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference Oct. 19. Organized annually by a group of men incarcerated at R.A. Handlon Correctional Facility who are also students of the Calvin Prison Initiative, the conference examines restorative justice practices and seeks to find ways to encourage the creation and implementation of those practices within our local criminal justice system. Click the link below for details and to register.


Informational Session

To learn more about how to become a Prison and Jail Ministry volunteer, register below for one of two Informational Sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Cathedral Square Center.



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, clickhere.

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 150 active priests, deacons and volunteers who bring messages of hope to those affected by incarceration within our diocese. They bring these messages of hope through prayer, holy Communion, Bible study and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

In addition to our programs within our facilities, Prison and Jail Ministry recently developed a new re-entry outreach ministry, GROW (Guiding Returning Citizens to Our World), for people returning from incarceration. GROW will help 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. Are you interested in joining our ministry? Please contact us at 616-475-1255.

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Volunteer Resources


Volunteer Schedules / Sign-Ups

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


September & October