Penitentiary Pastoral Care of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crearture: the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Who We Are

The Prison Ministry was restored in 1990 after the Church, formerly forbidden, emerged from the underground. Pastoral care has grown steadily from several prison facilities in the Western Part of Ukraine to more than 40 penal institutions in every region of the country. Since 2001 the UGCC is the co-founder of the Ukrainian Interdenominational Christian Mission "Spiritual and Charitable Care in Prisons" including twelve Churches and Denominations.

Our Vision

Our mission is to serve the inmates in the national penitentiaries with Christian charity and reconciliation through extensive ministry to the spiritual and physical needs of prisoners of any creed, sex, age, religious faith, or nationality.

Types Of Activity

The priority directions of the ministry are sermon, catechetics, administration of the sacraments for inmates, assistance and support of communication with family, spiritual support of the prison stuff, engagement of lay people in ministry.


Today pastoral ministry is regularly carried out in penitentiary facilities # 3, 13, 27, 30, 40, 41, 44, 47, 48, 50, 55, 57, 63, 85, 110, 112, 120, 124, in correctional centres # 118, 128, 135 in nine investigatory isolators and in three juvenile prisons of Ukraine. The other 6 prisons our pastors are able to attend just irregularly.

Our magazine (newsletter)

On the background of the program elaborated with the Greek-Catholic Chaplaincy in the year 2008 he developed the educational seminar for Christian Churches Ministry in Prisons. The cycle of lectures (three sessions of total 72 academic hours) is a matter for chaplains and volunteers participating in the training program to accept a certificate qualifying them to conduct ministries in prisons and provide professional support to convicts.

Books we have published

The Ukrainian translation of the book Human Rights of Prisoners was issued on July, 2008.


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