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The Southern Cross : November 2011
Page 14 November 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Adelaide man Albert Patrizi had spent a total of four years in custody and three on parole over drug- related offences before he took part in the ecumenical prison ministry of Kairos. That was 10 years ago in Mobilong Prison, at Murray Bridge. Today he is one semester away from completing a theology degree and is next year expecting to be ordained a Minister of the Uniting Church. Since 2006, Albert has returned to Mobilong as a volunteer in the Kairos program and is currently involved in field education as a trainee chaplain at Yatala Prison where he hopes to continue full time. "Kairos is an incredible vehicle for prisoners to see and experience first-hand what a true and loving Christian community is like," says Albert. "It restored, for me, faith in humanity and faith in the Church." Albert was one of the first prisoners to take part in the Kairos Prison Ministry's "Inside" program, which last month celebrated its 10th anniversary running in South Australia at Mobilong Prison. Since 2001, more than 300 prisoners have been involved in the Kairos programs. Correctional Services Department chief executive Peter Severin said organisations like Kairos were valuable to the prison system because they offered hope, helped some prisoners change their attitudes and behaviours, and helped reintegrate prisoners into the community. "In some ways it is as if there are two prisons -- the first is the actual prison, but there is also the second prison; and that is the prison many offenders experience upon release, where they have no chances and opportunities for a fresh and better start," said Mr Severin. South Australian State council chairman of Kairos Prison Ministry Australia Scott Hutchinson said Kairos runs programs in SA for prisoners "inside" at Mobilong, Kairos Outside Weekends for women with a loved-one in prison, and Kairos Torch for young offenders. Each program runs for three to four days and all programs have follow- up opportunities. Kairos is served by volunteers from several Christian denominations, including Catholics. "It's inspirational," says Mr Hutchinson of prisoners' turn-around post--Kairos. Those wishing to volunteer to Kairos Prison Ministry Australia can contact Scott Hutchinson on 8357 7250 or email to sa@kairos. org.au. Psst ... pass it on! With something this good we thought you might want to let your nearest and dearest know about it. NGS Super is open to your family and friends too, so they can enjoy the same great benefits of membership: Great insurance Strong Fund performance 'Top 10' Fund in Australia* Financial planning service So pass it on! It's quick and easy to join online, or your friends or family can register their interest online and we will contact them. Just go to www.ngssuper.com.au How easy is that? www.ngssuper.com.au 1300 133 177 NGS Super Pty Limited ABN 46 003 491 487. This information does not take personal circumstances into account. Applicants should read the Member Guide before joining. * Chant West Back in prison to help HOPE: Albert Patrizi outside Yatala Prison where he spent time for drug-related offences and now visits once a week as a prison chaplain trainee. Photo: Christian Le Ray Rebecca DiGirolamo