Prisoner Outreach Ministry

The Office of Prisoner Outreach Ministry is committed to serving all people in prison or jail, within our diocese through Christian principals by our Catholic priests, deacons, and lay people. The office also provides assistance to those who are released into our communities and seek to reestablish themselves into everyday patterns of life and work. We help direct them to the appropriate resources and Catholic Charity Agencies in the various counties of the Diocese of Lansing.    

If you would like to volunteer to write to those imprisoned, everyone that participates is on a first-name basis ONLY.  Please feel free to contact Deacon Ken Preiss at or find in the "Resource" section of this page and download the application and guidelines.  *Important Note: You would remain anonymous in this letter writing. Please read over the guidelines.

Facilities served

  • County Jails

  • State and Federal Prisons

Ministry resource

County Jails & Diocesan Contacts   (green)

Clinton County Jail
Deacon Carl Boehlert
Deacon John Finn
Deacon Bob Nieman
Deacon John Marsh

Eaton County Jail

Genesee County Jail
Stephen Tesler

Hillsdale County Jail
Deacon Don Michael

Ingham County Jail
Paul Brandenburg
Rory Clark

Jackson County Jail

Lenawee County Jail

Livingston County Jail
Deacon Endre Doran

Shiawassee County Jail

Washtenaw County Jail
Gary Roche
Scott Wright


Milan Federal Prison  (RED)
Deacon Jack Flanagan
Fr. Jim McHugh

State Prisons (BLUE)