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When I was in prison, you prayed with me

For many years, Sisters of Providence and friends and Associates have helped lead prayer services with inmates at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Sister Alice Ann Rhinesmith, SP

Sister Alice Ann Rhinesmith, SP, has ministered with this group for the past five or six years. Sometimes the sisters have led communion services for the inmates. Other times they assisted with Mass when a priest was available to preside. One sister has even led a Bible study group.

Sister Alice Ann says as the ministry evolved, the sisters were able to involve the inmates in choosing songs. The inmates also were willing to become readers of Scripture.

Sister Nancy Nolan, SP used to lead the services. She initiated the practice of praying a blessing over inmates about to be released.

The inmates are always happy to see the visitors who come to pray with them during services, Sister Alice Ann said. The sisters look forward to resuming their ministry when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

(Originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Cathy Campbell

Sister Cathy Campbell, SP, is a freelance writer and editor. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality from Catholic Theological Union/Chicago. Sister Cathy also ministers as a retreat facilitator for the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center with special interests in scripture and the mystics.

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