St Silas Orthodox Prison Fellowship Society

Christ the Prisoner

In response to the Lord’s command to visit Him in prison, St Silas Orthodox Prison Fellowship Society is a non-profit group of Orthodox Christians dedicated to the following goals:

1. Providing financial and material support for an Orthodox clergyman to engage in full-time Orthodox Christian prison ministry in the Canadian federal and provincial correctional system.

2. Raising awareness of Orthodoxy’s unique beliefs and practices among federal and provincial Chaplains across Canada, as well as the Interfaith Committee that advises the Correctional Service of Canada.

3. Supporting the religious education and practices of identified Orthodox Christian inmates across Canada through the provision of literature, sacred items, pastoral guidance, teaching, and liturgical services.

Currently, we are engaged in the following activities:

  • A local volunteer, Subdeacon Symeon Price offers an inquirer’s class in Orthodoxy twice a month at Mission Medium Institution in Mission, BC.
  • Fr Richard Rene offers Divine Liturgy two Sundays of the month at Mission, accompanied by his wife, Presbytera Jaime, who leads music.

For more information

Please contact:

Fr Richard Rene
9855 Corbould Street
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4B8
Tel (604) 999-3431
Email saintsilas@archdiocese.ca

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Support our ministry

We are also now a registered charity and have a CanadaHelps account.

What will your financial support be used for? How about the following:

  • Regular liturgies, services, and studies not just for Orthodox inmates but for non-Orthodox and non-Christians who are thirsting for the fullness of the faith.
  • Materials like Orthodox Study Bibles, icons, prayer ropes, neck crosses.
  • The development and running of a correspondence course for inmates on the history of the Church, the Scriptures, and the Faith.
  • Training of volunteers from parishes across the country to conduct prison ministry.

Thank you for your regular support of this ministry!