'I celebrated Mass for the inmates and then went to visit the cellblocks as well as those in solitary confinement.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
Last Wednesday (9/19), I paid a visit to the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge. Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is very interested in the different faith communities helping with ministry to the prisoners. The Catholic Church has a very active ministry there with Michael Charchaflian and Father Richard Deshaies. I celebrated Mass for the inmates and then went to visit the cellblocks as well as those in solitary confinement. We were very impressed by their very beautiful Chapel. My understanding is that the jail was built about 50 years ago. At that time, I suppose it was a very modern structure. The Protestant chaplain, who is the chief of chaplains at the jail, was there as well and was very welcoming to us. We were also very surprised at how overcrowded the jail is. There are plans to relocate for that reason. I believe they have a population that is approximately twice the facilities capacity. This is of course a great concern for the Sheriff.
Visit to Anna Maria College