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Resilient Inmates Know Hunger Is Also A Prison

Resilient Inmates Know Hunger Is Also A Prison

Last evening, my twin brother, Professor John McDargh, sent me a message. He is on the faculty of Boston College and is also a lay minister at Norfolk Men’s Prison. Every month, as they have done for many years now, Sister Kathleen Deneven OSF and John spent the evening with a remarkable group of Catholic men, who are the core of elders of the community within Norfolk State prison. Many of them are life-professed lay Dominicans. In their reflection they spoke of how the penal system in the

Commonwealth renders inmates invisible so that they become the objects of the fearful projections of persons outside the wall.

Yet these men care for the poor and hungry outside the prison in ways that few know.

On Sunday, May 3, the men at Norfolk State Prison will join in Boston’s annual WALK FOR HUNGER by walking up to 20 miles within the prison confines (that means walking over 140 times the inside perimeter of "the Yard"). This is the 26th year that the men at MCI Norfolk will participate in this worthwhile event. Besides helping those who suffer from hunger, it gives the men an opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate than themselves.

Because it is difficult for the men to find sponsors, we are reaching out to the outside community for support. All sponsor donations will be sent to PROJECT BREAD in Boston to help feed those who are hungry and suffer from malnutrition.

If you are willing to sponsor the men for this year’s WALK FOR HUNGER at Norfolk State prison, please make your checks payable to:

PROJECT BREAD Send to: Bethany House Ministries 1049 Main Street Millis, MA. 02054

Once Bethany House receives all the donations, they will send them directly to Project Bread. If you could forward this email to your friends and communities my brother and I would be grateful.

We know that there are those who read this post and are unable to sponsor with a donation to Project Bread. However we ask you to please pray for our walkers at

Norfolk State Prison and for all those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.

For more information you can go to Bethany House Ministries at or call 508-376-9923.

Resiliency is more than bouncing back. It is growing through life. The men in Norfolk Prison whom John reaches are growing through and reaching out. I hope you will understand my request.

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