Thank you to everyone that supported Dennis Morgan and me this past weekend on the Fox Valley Kairos Torch Prison Ministry Weekend. With your prayers and contributions you were part of this powerful weekend where we sat alongside 18 incarcerated youth at the Illinois Youth Center. Yes! that prison that you see on the north side of Route 38.
Adult mentors from churches around the Fox Valley, Pentecostals, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Methodists, and Baptists joined together to serve the youth on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a mission to engage the youths’ reasoning skills to help them make better life choices going forward.
This was an opportunity for us to follow the example of St. Ignatius who said that we can “See Jesus in the lowly places”. The Illinois Youth Center is absolutely the place where Jesus would be today.
When you stand with these youth you create kinship with them, and once you do that it is impossible to despise or discard them … you can only love them. They are beautiful individuals who are God’s creation … just like you and me.
There are few moments in my life that I have ever felt closer to God than I did this past weekend.
Kairos Torch Ongoing Mentoring
Under the guidance of Kairos Torch, both Dennis and I are committed to providing ongoing mentoring to the some of these youthful offenders with weekly visits until they are released.
You will hear more about this ministry in the coming weeks and months and you will have an opportunity to become more directly engaged as we plan Kairos Torch #7. In the meantime, thank you, thank you, thank you for:
- your prayers,
- your donations of meal tickets,
- the creation of meal place-mats by our Club Wow children.