Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration at Angola
Are you interested in joining a team from St Margaret’s to provide a ministry of presence with the men of Angola Prison? The current Episcopal Prison Ministry program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) began in the early 90′s. The ministry continues and is sustained by both lay and ordained volunteers, who visit the prison to conduct worship services, teach classes, and most importantly, to make manifest the love of Christ by reaching out to build relationships and show concern for “the least of these” (Matt 25:40). As many will attest, the ministry that occurs is never unidirectional (i.e. from us to them), but rather, both groups find Christ in the other.
Mother Peggy Scott asks for immediate and longer-term volunteer assistance with our Episcopal Prison Ministry at Angola. For some time now, as priests and long-term lay volunteers have retired and/or moved out of the Diocese, need has been deepening for a new generation of volunteers to continue the ministry of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration at Angola Prison. That need has now become urgent. Some of you have already indicated a willingness to support this ministry ‘at some other time.’ My request today is that you discern whether ‘some other time’ has become ‘now’.
On the 1st Tuesday evening of each month, we need three priests and lay persons to help conduct services of Holy Eucharist at Main Prison, Camp C and Camp D – all inside the prison gates.
If you would be willing to join Fr Tommy and Catherine Buck in this important ministry you must attend the training session required by the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the South Baton Rouge Church of Christ on Jefferson Highway. This is the final training session for this year.
Please speak with Fr Tommy or Catherine Buck for more information or if you are interested in being part of this important ministry.