Detention Ministry

Detention Ministry is a program which enables members of the Parish to visit teenage inmates at Central Juvenile Hall.

On the first visit, you carpool downtown together for a brief orientation followed by 8:00 AM Mass. After Mass you visit with the teenagers in small groups for about an hour followed by a longer orientation with Chaplain. You return to Good Shepherd by about 11:30 AM.

Detention Ministry is a “ministry of presence” through which parishioners can empower young people by listening to their stories while they are being detained at Central Juvenile Hall. Many of these children from ages 8-18 have no one to listen to them or to provide good advice. Many of their parents are already in prison or are addicted to drugs or have abandoned them, so they are very appreciative when someone comes to visit them in jail and takes a genuine interest in their lives.

For a first time visit, we always have a group carpooling down to Central Juvenile Hall on the first Sunday of the month. Once you are approved to visit on a regular basis, you may go down every Sunday or on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Wednesday night program is an RCIA program where you work one-on-one with a teenager who wants to be baptized, receive first Communion or become confirmed.

For further information on detention ministry, please contact Barbara Gunning at bgunning(at)loyolahs(dot)edu or call (213) 381-5121, x115.

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