Inmates arrive for Mass at Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem last October. Archbishop Alexander Sample visited many inmates in the past year. (Courtesy Archdiocese of Portland Office of Prison Ministry)
Inmates arrive for Mass at Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem last October. Archbishop Alexander Sample visited many inmates in the past year. (Courtesy Archdiocese of Portland Office of Prison Ministry)
The growing Catholic prison ministry in western Oregon has been temporarily halted by the coronavirus as prison visits are prohibited.

The Archdiocese of Portland prison ministry office has issued a prayer for those in detention:

“Lord in Heaven, as we are unable to visit our brothers and sisters in prison at this time, please sustain them in their faith and bless all who are in custody. Keep them safe from this disease and allow them to look forward to such time as we may gather in community once again.”

A June prison ministry conference set for Mount Angel Abbey has been postponed.

The office emailed out links to online resources that can be used in prisons:

Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition

Catholic Mobilizing Network

National Association of Catholic Chaplains