An ex-offender’s second chance through Catholic Charities

When Samira Wade sat in Salem County Prison in July 2017, she received an unexpected visitor — Kisanna Owens, prison re-entry coordinator at Catholic Charities. “I was getting close to my release date. I was told that [Owens] was there to help me transition to life outside of prison,” Wade...

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Bringing Hope and Sacraments to prison during Holy Week

Bishop Dennis Sullivan switched seamlessly between English and Spanish during a special Holy Week Mass for inmates at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton on Wednesday April 13. Light streamed into the spacious room, which was adorned with colorful flowers, as Bishop Sullivan spoke of the beauty and mystery of...

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Deacon Hallman brings hope behind prison walls

When Pope Francis visited Curran-Fromhold Correctional facility in Philadelphia in September 2015, he addressed the inmates, saying: “Jesus teaches us to see the world through his eyes — eyes which are not scandalized by the dust picked up along the way, but want to cleanse, heal and restore.” Deacon Jim...

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Jubilee Year of Mercy at Catholic Charities

This year was no ordinary year for Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Camden. Indeed, it was no ordinary year for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on Dec. 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and...

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Sharing faith with the imprisoned

On Nov. 23, as he has many times since coming to the Diocese of Camden, Bishop Dennis Sullivan fulfilled one of the corporal works of mercy: visit the imprisoned. Accompanied by Father Michael Romano, Deacon Jim Hallman and Catholic Charities executive director Kevin Hickey, he offered two Masses and visited...

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Combating recidivism with prayer and help

“Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them. In June the Diocese of Camden focuses on “Visit the Imprisoned.” This month’s profiles will highlight examples of those who experience these corporal works of...

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Keeping a Promise to God

“Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them. In June the Diocese of Camden focuses on “Visit the Imprisoned.” This month’s profiles will highlight examples of those who experience these corporal works of...

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Speaker Inspires Prison Ministry Volunteers

VINELAND – Father David Link, 78, knows a thing or two about prison ministry. A successful lawyer and Dean of Notre Dame Law School for 24 years, Father Link came to his priestly vocation late in life. He was ordained in 2008 at 71 years old after the death of...

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