It is nearly one hundred degrees in the gym on a summer Sunday afternoon at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women (MCI-W). Chris Schwartz pauses to drink more water as he gives his reflection on the readings during the Communion service. Thirty women in jeans and gray T-shirts, or pink jumpsuits, listen over the roaring of the two large fans. "I'm soaked by the end," Chris says.
During the school year, the service—or Mass, when a priest is available—is followed by an RCIA class of instruction in the Catholic...
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