Prison Christian Growth Group (PCGG)
"...Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...
Welcome to Prison Christian Growth Group (PCGG)
OUR MISSION is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into every State prison (SCI) where we are welcomed, and into other facilities as the Lord directs us. There are over 51,000 incarcerated in twenty-six SCIs in PA. There is a tremendous need for a Catholic presence in these prisons so as to witness the reality in truth about our Catholic – Christian faith and clear up any misconceptions that may exist.
This is a Catholic Ministry, however we invite everyone regardless of religious affiliation and we do not dwell in theological discourse on our differences. We focus on the Love of Jesus Christ that all Christians have in common.
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For when I was in prison...you came to visit me." Matt. 25:34-36
Note From Statewide Core Team Coordinator
Welcome to the Prison Christian Growth Group (PCGG) web site. My name is Eileen Bohensky and I am a child of God. I am just like you, favored in His eyes and loved by Him; no more no less. Fifteen years ago Jesus called me to step out of my comfort zone to serve Him through prison ministry. At first I was hesitant and quiet but as I listened to His Holy Spirit and surrendered my will I became a courageous soldier in His army to evangelize in His name, which is above every other name.
PCGG gives that same opportunity to anyone who wants to evangelize in His name. When men and women are imprisoned and isolated from their loved ones, PCGG offers the opportunity to let them know that nothing can separate them from God’s love. The beauty of the ministry is that, as you share your faith with others, it not only helps others to grow but it helps you to grow as well. I am living proof of that and have seen others I serve do the same. As you minister to each other, something wonderful happens, and you become spiritually connected to each other as you experience God’s love for each of us.
Do you feel called to do something great in your life? Do you feel the call to grow stronger in your faith? Do you feel called to serve others who are less fortunate than you? Prison ministry can be your answer. I welcome and encourage you to join us in answering your call. We have local affiliates throughout the state of Pennsylvania giving you the opportunity you may be looking for. Please choose the affiliate closest to where you live and make that contact today. Or you may choose to contact me. I would be happy to speak with you about the ministry.
God bless you.
Your Sister in Christ,
By Mike Drank
I had the opportunity to visit with the Chester affilaliate members recently. I gave a presentation on the website. Those present were appreciative to see the changes that have been recently made to it. A special thanks to Jim McConarty for his hospitality during my stay. Hopefully, I will be visiting other affiliates over the coming months. Do visit this website frequently. Send me all prayer requests to my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what is going on in your affilaites. For example, how do you recruit new members? Share your methods with other affiliates. You may give other affiliates ideas that they never would have thought of.
OCTOBER 13, 14, 15, 2017
PRESENTER: MERCY FIRE RETREAT TEAM
WHERE: ST. MARY PROVIDENCE RETREAT CENTER IN ELVERSON, PA.
More Information under Members Section
Most Rev Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
endorses PCGG Ministry and recognizes PCGG Somerset affiliate members continued gathering with inmates at Somerset SCI , Laurel Highlands, Benner SCI, and Rockview SCI
Anna Marie Nachman is Named Volunteer of ther Year for 2017 at Houtzdale SCI
Visit the Houtzdale page under Affiiliates in the Members Section to read more about her.
Statewide Third Quarter Gathering was held at Joe Marrazzo's home on August 20, 2017. Minutes of the Meeting can be viewed under the General Membership section in the Members Section