Order of Malta


Strategic Plan

Creation of the Apostolate

Initially each of the participating Associations had launched their own Ministries with the first one beginning in 2007. There was no formal interaction regarding prison ministry among the Associations of the United States until 2013.

Grand Masters involvement

Early in 2013 the Grand Master asked the three United States Associations to work together on prison ministry which led to semiannual meetings which began with a prison ministry conference in 2014. This initiative worked particularly well, and since Canada had been distributing a U.S. publication that relationship led to an invitation to Canada to join our three Associations. The Grand Master’s request has led to what today is a seamless operating structure known as the North American Prison Ministry Apostolate.

Genesis of the Strategic Plan process

It became clear in 2015 that to operate most effectively and add value to our activity we needed a Strategic Plan. Thus at the March Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. an initial process was authorized. Subsequently each of the four Associations appointed steering committee representatives.

The Committee used the following four questions among its 9 lay members to develop ownership, focus and alignment:

  • What got each of us interested in Prison Ministry (PM)
  • What are the 2 to 4 things you like the most about PM
  • What are the 2 to 4 things you like the least about PM
  • What are 2 to 4 things that need to be improved

The first question is designed to provide a perspective of the motivation of each Board member. One consensus on the second was the recognition that prison ministry is a Christian response to the great need of suffering souls. A common response on the third question was the need for more member and prison Chaplain participation. Responses to the fourth question reflect a need to focus on re­-entry-­to-­society initiatives.

Bob Fredericks, Apostolate Chair, simultaneously conducted a survey to identify how many members, Chaplains and others/volunteers we are now supporting. The current estimate is approximately 2,500. He has also established that we are the largest Catholic outreach to the incarcerated in the world.

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