The Word Among Us

Lent 2004 Issue

Death Row Chaplain

Shininng Christ's Light in a Place of Darkness.

Deacon Al O'Brien is the Director of Criminal Justice Ministry in the diocese of Beaumont, Texas. He carries out his work with the help of a half-time secretary and roughly a hundred volunteers who go into jails once a week to lead Bible studies, rosaries, or talk with inmates. "This may sound like a large number of workers," he says, "until you know that 25,000 people are locked up in this diocese."

Four hundred forty-two offenders are on death row in the state of Texas. Deacon Al works closely with them, as he explains here. How...


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