The Word Among Us

August 2004 Issue

Dust to Dust

Observing Ash Wednesday in solitary confinement.

For about thirteen years, I’ve been serving as a Catholic lay volunteer to bring prayer, the Eucharist, and sacramentals inside the walls of Florida’s prison. The prisons I serve are in rural North Florida, just a few miles from the Georgia border.

This is Bible-belt country. Catholics are a small minority. Most of my children’s classmates have never met a real, live Catholic before....

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