Prison Pen Pal

Believing that all people deserve to be treated with dignity . . .

Prisoners playing dominoes

Prisoners playing dominoes

For many years, our Prison Pen Pal Ministry has been reaching out to prisoners living on North Carolina’s death row. These prisoners are isolated and often estranged from family. Members of our ministry write to prisoners who have requested letters. Often we are their only link to the outside world. The number of inmates requesting letters has far exceeded our pen pals and we are actively seeking parishioners to join us.

Pen pals commit to giving correspondence a try for six months but otherwise you determine how often to write. Even receiving a short postcard and hearing their name called at mail call means so much to the men on death row.

The most beautiful part of belonging to this ministry is it allows you to deepen your spirituality and respect for ALL human life. We offer occasional gatherings for prayer, training and support in this rewarding and challenging ministry.

  • Contact: Pam Boyan, pamela.boyan@gmail.com or 908-309-7009
  • Time Commitment: 6 months, one letter per month
  • Gifts: Letter writing, compassion, open mind, self-knowledge and good sense of personal boundaries

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“You are God’s grace and light for me, thank you.”
– Death Row Inmate, Central Prison, Raleigh

“My pen pal’s willingness to admit and own his sins has shown me how to more clearly recognize and name my own. My friend experiences peace as he has come to admit his powerlessness over life after 20 years of incarceration. His joyful witness to surrender his life to God gives me hope and leads me to trust God with areas of difficulty in my life. My pen pal has given me the gift of faith.”
– Member of St. Francis of Assisi community