Kairos Prison Ministry
I was in prison, and you visited me. (Matthew 25:36)
St. Thomas parishioners visit three prisons as a team with other churches, reaching out to the incarcerated through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.
Prison life is difficult for the men in blue — both dehumanizing and discouraging. Kairos offers compassion and respect to those whom society would rather forget, reminding them neither Jesus nor the Church forgets them. St. Thomas of Canterbury Kairos ministers visit three prisons in northern California.
- CMF Vacaville State Prison
- Salinas Valley State Prison
- FCI Dublin Federal Women Prison
Kairos is a New Testament Greek word, meaning God’s special time. Kairos is different from chronological time and suggests that God transcends time as kept by a watch or calendar.
Modeled on the Cursillo movement, the 3½-day Kairos weekend brings together coordinated talks, discussions, music, prayer, and meditations for the men in blue led by same-gender teams, to build the Christian community inside the prison. Kairos teams believe in respecting each person with dignity while modeling Christ’s love. They practice Listen, Listen, Love, Love.
Kairos Mission: To share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
As such, Kairos Prison Ministries sponsors three core programs:
- Kairos Inside for Incarcerated Men and Women
- Kairos Outside for Women of the Incarcerated
- Kairos Torch for Youth
To learn more about Kairos Prison Ministry International, visit their website.
If interested in serving with our Kairos Ministry Team, or simply would like to learn more: