The goal in the detention ministry is news of God's unconditional love to youth in trouble and to reflect a loving God to help the youth experience the presence of God in their lives.
Because of their present environment and related emotional and psychological pressures, it is essential that youth in detention experience support and understanding of their struggle through the Church community.
Our affirmation of their person, not necessarily their behavior, will invite them to grow toward a more positive self-awareness and acceptance of their person and potential. The Christian community must be their lived experience of the unconditional love of God.
Through detention ministry, volunteers spiritual mentors and aids to the needs of the Catholic Chaplin’s office (Sr. Theresa Doherty). Volunteers serve as a powerful symbol of faith and God’s presence in an otherwise dehumanizing environment. This pastoral presence enables reflection on the multiple life and death issues that often lead to jail and prison. The following activities are provided at LPJH (Los Padrinos Juvenal Hall) in Downey, CA.
• Liturgical Services
• Bible Study/Faith Enrichment
• One on One Pastoral Visitation
• Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
***Must be 21+