Despite having abused his or her freedom and making bad decisions, a prisoner never loses human dignity. Prison Ministry is a ministry of love and healing that fosters opportunities for new beginnings for prisoners and families affected by incarceration. Prison Ministers are messengers of hope — hope in God’s mercy and love, hope for restorative justice, and hope for a second chance to change one’s life. They mentor inmates, serve as Eucharistic Ministers, lead Bible studies, become pen-and-prayer partners, participate in retreats, and assist however they are able in prisoners’ transitions to freedom. Christ desires that in His Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin. Appeal funds in support of Prison Ministry help our Archdiocese lead the incarcerated back to Him, His forgiveness and grace.