Community Building within MSCM

Following the initiative of Dr. Bob Roberts, the founder of Project Return in Louisiana, in offering community building experience in a Louisiana prison, we have offered to date four community building workshops in local CSC institutions.  Dr. Bob Roberts served as a facilitator in the first of these at Cowansville…

31 May 9:10 AM 0 Read More...

Person to Person Inreach Program

MSCM inherited P2 when Marie Beemans joined us some 11 years ago. Marie was a prime mover in P2 (Person to Person) which through the dedication of a handful of people ensured that some of the most isolated prisoners had regular visits.

The ‘person-to-person’ focus has shifted slightly…

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Martin Luther King

Open door last week focused on Martin Luther King, whose birthday had just been celebrated. It was a fairly small gathering – only some 25 folks decided to brave the cold – but that did not take away from their enthusiasm.

We started as usual – after introductions- with a spiritual moment –culled…

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Reminiscing on 15 years of Open Door

It’s hard to believe that Open Door is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! I well remember that infamous day – September 11 in 2001 –the day the Twin Towers came down – when we held our first Open Door meeting at the YMCA in downtown Montreal. There were 8 or…

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Christmas at Open Door

The rain notwithstanding, Tuesday night at Open Door was a beautiful affair as some 53 participants attended the annual Christmas dinner at Fulford Hall. The food was plentiful and delicious – lovingly prepared by the many hands of the Open Door community – volunteers, inmates and ex-inmates from various federal Penitentiaries…

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