Prison Christian Growth Group

 

Bringing The Love Of Jesus Into Correctional Institutions

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Our Story

PCGG originated from Faith Sharing Groups (CGG) being formed at St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Harrisburg, Pa., the Cursillo, and from a prior experience in visiting prisons in the Federal System.

The first State Correctional Institution (SCI) to be visited was Camp Hill in August 1986.

Themes We Use In Teachings

Isolation

Many people in our world, our Church, yes our parish, feel distanced from one another. One could be in a crowded church or at a church function and still feel isolated.

Love

Our purpose in this gathering is to examine our weaknesses from St. Paul’s “admonitions” in 1 Cor. 13 (love is kind, patient, etc.).  

Community

What we really want is to develop a much stronger sense of community within our parish which will ultimately transform the very world we live in. We cannot do this alone. 

Forgiveness

The basis for being Christian, Jesus died so that sins may be forgiven. He expects us to forgive others as we are forgiven by the Father. 

With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place

Our sharing format begins and ends with a prayer as to witness our oneness in Christ. A theme is set by selected readings from Scripture followed by a period of meditative music. Most of the remaining time is spent sharing in small groups.  

Our Mission & Approach

Our mission is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into every State (SCI) prison where we are welcomed, and into other facilities as the Lord directs us. There are over 50,000 incarcerated in twenty-four SCIs,  and 1 motivational Boot Camp in PA.  There is a tremendous need for a Catholic presence in these prisons so as to witness the reality in truth about our Catholic – Christian faith and clear up any misconceptions that may exist.
 
This is a Catholic Ministry, however we invite everyone regardless of religious affiliation and we do not dwell in theological discourse on our differences. We focus on the Love of Jesus Christ that all Christians have in common.

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Prison Christian Growth Group
3109 Whistler Rd
Stoystown, PA 15563

"...Then the king will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...For when I was in prison...you came to visit me."
- Matthew 25:34-36