Jail & Prison Ministry

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Jesus is in JAIL! Will you pray with Him?
"Be Not Afraid!" Jesus was incarcerated during his life, and he can still be found in the jail. Come and see for yourself. Join a ministry team! Volunteer Ministers: Have a Charisma for Christ, and, an ability to share faith in Jesus. Consider assisting with Catholic Services at the Jail for both women and men. A group of at least four Catholic volunteers from local Catholic parishes visit the jail every week. Some volunteers serve on an as needed basis, and, others serve on one Saturday or Sunday each month, and, others serve every other week.  We even have some volunteers that help with a Catholic Inquiry/Catechism Class on Wednesday evenings.

Catholic Religious Services in the Washtenaw County Jail
Every Saturday morning
all enter the Jail at 8:45 am; and depart at about 10:45 am. We have the main weekly celebration of the Mass with Holy Communion. We greatly appreciate it when we can have several ministers present to help with prayer, Eucharistic, music, assigning readings, serving, and hospitality.

Every Sunday evening all enter the Jail at 7:00 pm. We have a service in the jail every Sunday evening - alternating one week for the Men and then one week for the Women.  Eucharistic Adoration is usually the central part of these services and we greatly appreciate it when we can have a musician to lead the worship and share in the ministry.

Every Wednesday evening all enter the Jail at 7:00 pm. We have at least two groups for men and one for women. We usually have one Bible/Catechism II Class/Catholic Inquiry Session and one RCIA Group in the jail. We greatly appreciate it when we can have several ministers present to help with: attendance/hospitality, teaching, sharing.

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To be a Jail Volunteer
you must attend an orientation

All volunteers before entering the Jail, must attend an orientation on "The Rules & Regulations of the Jail” presented by the Jail staff at the Jail. Orientations are scheduled three times a year (around March, June, and November).

The next Orientation is on a Saturday, in November or March or June, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at 4135 Washtenaw, The LLRC Building - the Library for the Blind, across the parking lot from the jail, at Washtenaw County Sheriff Office, 4135 Washtenaw, or 2201 Hogback Rd., Ann Arbor, MI  48107.   SIGN-UP to attend the Orientation!

When you attend the orientation session you will provide your personal information and complete this Washtenaw County Professional Visitor and Volunteer Information Form (here's a sample) for the Official Clearance and the Criminal History Check. Volunteers must attend the orientation session again once each year to renew and maintain clearance.  Each volunteer is responsible for tracking and updating their own clearance status.  You must be there at 9:00 am and stay for the whole session.

We ask that Catholic volunteers to SIGN-UP to RSVP for the Orientation to Scott Wright swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 734-821-2121.

For more information contact Scott Wright, Director of St. Francis Parish Service + Justice Ministry Office, at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or (734-821-2121) or  Gary Roche (734-646-0481), Administrator of Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail.   *Volunteer Sign-Up1*  or (*priests3*) or SIGN-UP to RSVP for the Orientation!

The Washtenaw County Jail Location
is at the Sheriff's Office and Washtenaw County Service Center: 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Other Ministry Opportunities
Friends of the Master is an additional organization set up to create and sustain housing communities of faith for parolees ... called Friends of the Master House.    Friends of the Master has roots in our  Washtenaw County Catholic Jail Ministry.  Also, see The letter from the Bishop of Lansing.

Mentor an Ex-Offender,    Prisoner Pen Pal Ministry - contact: Office of Restorative Justice Lansing Diocese, 517-342-2495,  address: 300 West Ottawa Street Lansing, MI 48933.

Huron Valley Women's Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, Bemis Road, east of Platt Road. Volunteer coordinator Deacon Jim Ward 734-276-7113.

Cassidy Lake Boot Camp Bible Group - Special Alternative Incarceration - St. Mary Parish, Chelsea, MI, 734-475-7561.

Maxey Boys Training School Ministry- 810-231-9199x0
Sunday evening at 6:00 pm at Maxey Chapel, Whitmore Lake with Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church Office

The Michigan Department of Corrections  "Offender Search".