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 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.

Want to learn more?

Attend our next Informational Session

When: Tuesday, June 23
Two identical sessions, come to either one: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI - Room D/E
Register: Click here to register

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.

Volunteer Resources


Volunteer Schedules / Sign-Ups

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


March & April

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.