Prison is a very different world from the one those of us on the outside know: the lifestyle, the vocabulary and the rules of behavior are unique to prison culture. This distinct prison culture has developed because prisoners, by definition, are isolated from the outside world. Prisoners’ families, however, are similarly isolated from society by the economic difficulties, social stigma and overwhelming grief that attend the incarceration of a loved one. Every day of time a prisoner serves, his family serves with him.
Christ called us to proclaim the Gospel to all people (cf. Matthew 28:19). Many Christians in North America have accepted this charge with zeal, supporting missions and traveling to the far corners of the world to proclaim the truth of Christ in strange cultures. The prisons of North America are populated by millions of people desperately in need of the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, this enormous mission field is largely ignored by those of us who proclaim Christ. Like all of us, prisoners and their families need the love of God. Unlike most of us who live in this wealthy and secular culture, many prisoners and their families, by virtue of the horrifying circumstances of their lives, experience their need for God's love in a profound and direct way and are searching for some means of knowing Him.
Our goal at St. Seraphim’s Fellowship is to bring the love of Christ to those who are in prison by providing encouragement, material support, transition and reintegration services, Christian education, spiritual guidance and the sacramental life of the Church to prisoners and their families. Please look through our website to learn more about the mission and vision of St. Seraphim’s Fellowship. Our goal is not only to minister to prisoners, but to minister to people on the outside—people like you—by giving them the opportunity to participate in this powerful ministry where the strongholds of the Evil One are demolished and true liberty, the liberty that can only be found in Jesus Christ, is proclaimed to captives.