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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.
  • Subdeacon Barnabas Neufeld represents the Orthodox Church on the Interfaith Committee advising the Correctional Service of Canada on its policy of religious accommodations for inmates.

For more information

Please contact:

Fr Richard Rene
Tel (604) 999-3431
Email saintsilas@archdiocese.ca

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