Kairos Prison Ministry

The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men and women.

“I was in prison and you visited me.” 

Matthew 25:36

Kairos is a ministry whose mission is to develop a Christian community inside prisons.
The Kairos program brings positive and negative leaders together, in both male and female institutions, for a 3 ½ day Weekend led by same gender Kairos volunteers.  Volunteers from St. Mary’s join other men from around South Carolina to minister in the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia.

The Weekend is based on:

  • A series of talks,
  • Discussions,
  • Chapel meditations, and
  • Creating a Christian community.

For many participants, the Kairos Weekend creates the desire to become a Christian, and for others the desire to continue his/her spiritual growth.

The Kairos program concept is to build the Christian community inside the institution where the Kairos Community prays and fellowships together on a regular basis. These are called “Prayer-and-Share” Groups and meet weekly.

In addition, each month Kairos volunteers return for a “Reunion” of the entire Kairos community. The fact that we return again and again to each prison is what distinguishes Kairos from other prison ministries. Without our follow up support, the efforts of the 3½ day retreat would quickly be lost to the prison environment.

To learn how to volunteer, please contact Don Trapp at 803.648.4727 or scraphappybeth@bellsouth.net, or Carlos Dorthalina at 803.641.1481 or cmdorthalina@gmail.com.

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