The Word Among Us

Advent 2005 Issue

Living for God on Death Row

How the Holy Spirit used an inmate named Rocky to build up my faith.

By: Angela M. Burrin

Sickness in a family member is often a catalyst to seeking extra prayer. Such was the case in the summer of 2001 when a member of my family began to experience severe depression. I called Deacon Al O'Brien, director of the prison ministry for the Beaumont Diocese in Texas, and asked if he knew of a prisoner who could pray for Michael. Since I became director of the Partners in Evangelism prison ministry in 1998, I have found Deacon Al's experience and wisdom invaluable. I call him my "mentor."

"I know just the man," Deacon Al responded. "He's on death row." So began my pen-pal relationship with Rocky. Over the next years,...

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