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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LDTHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 12, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Rinc LEinoKivvic n c K M L is ELIGION Broomball or Bibles: jail chaplains are a team CPU After inmate: return to their cells af 11 p.m Captain Ren Butcher tours each section chatting with the prisoners. He frequently counsels men until after midnight. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Roycroft Bible Class and Sunday School Service Service The Lethbridge Bahci'i Community presents the MAY 12th, 8 P.M. in the BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE A multi-media presentation of film, drama and discussion. (Thf> enrth is one and mankind its citizens' BAHA'U'LLAH No Charge Everyone Welcome Refreshments to be served By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Behind the walls of Leth- bridge Correctional Institute, Christian churches are co-op- erating in a fresh effort to steer men back onto an ac- ceptable social path. "The chaplains are two fine gentlemen to work says assistant deputy warden, Bud Turner. Speaking with genuine warmth in a recent inter- view, Mr. Turner went on to explain some of the methods now being used by Father Frank McCarty, Roman Cath- olic chaplain, and Salvation Army Captain Ron Butcher, the Protestant chaplain. Although, following differ- ent denominational paths, the chaplains "reflect a real team approach to the in- Mr. Turner said. "By showing two men on different roads can wort; to- gether, their example must prompt the inmates to ask themselves why can't they also work with other people in society." Broomball Other padres have gone into the television room with in- mates, Mr. Turner said, "but I don't think any have played broomball, cards or watched television with inmates as much as these two men have. Why, at Easter they even ate two meals with the men. It means a lot to go into rooms freely and talk with the in- mates. The chaplains have the run of the place, 24-hours a day. They spend a lot of time here Captain Butcher is often here until after mid- night." Mr. Turner, who says he works a lot of evening shifts supervising inmate programs, has noticed a change in pris- on morale. He attributes the fresh atmosphere partly to new penal approaches and partly to the two chaplains servicing the institute. "When an inmate asks if they can see a chaplain, I say which one. Doesn't matter, the inmates reply. They can see the padres are working together as a team." Visit requests Three or four request forms asking for a chaplain's inter- view await the two clergy- men whenever they arrive at the central control gate. Al- though each chaplain has an individual request hook for messages, both men service interviews in the absence of the other. Built in 1911, the Lethbridge Correctional Institute is the oldest jail of its kind in Al- berta. During prison terms, inmates are employed chiefly in tasks necessary to the daily operation of the jail canning vegetables, market gardening, machine shop, laundry or kitchen duties. Evening recreation pro- grams include Alcoholics An- onymous meetings, television, information sessions, a game of horseshoes in the exercise yard or a work-out in the participate in jail worship services. At court, the chap- lains have frequent access to Judge L. W. Hudson prior to hearings. "The judge has to think of public safety while the chap- lain thinks of the individual man." Captain Butcher says. "There are times when the judge offers us the opportun- "When I was hungry, you gave me food; when thirsty, you gave me drink; When I was a stranger, you took me into your home; when naked you clothed when I was ill you came to my help; when in prison you visited Matthew 36 (NEB) "frustration the gym- nasium. The gymnasium becomes a movie theatre Saturday morn- ing and a church Saturday afternoon when Father Mc- Carty conducts mass at p.m. Sunday afternoon Captain Butcher leads the Protestant service. Two Latter-day Saint repre- sentatives also visit for Mor- mon worship with a small group of inmates. At Easter this year, a com- bined church service was con- ducted at the jail for the first time. Father McCarty preach- ed on the passion of Jesus; Captain Butcher led the pray- ers. Court work The chaplains say they are free to speak with the warden on behalf of an inmate any time the warden is in his of- fice. Also, the chaplains are allowed to bring in church choirs and laymen wishing to ity to speak for a man, en- abling him to shorten the sentence on the recommen- dation of the chaplain.'' Maximum sentences served at Lethbridge Correctional In- stitute are two years less a day, with the average term being from 30 to 60 days. Of- fences relating to repeated alcohol abuse predominate among the inmates. Some in- dividuals on remand are held here awaiting court appear- ances. Cells are divided into three tiers with each section indi- vidually locked and supervis- ed. Gone are the days when two guards had to supervise up to 180 men in one televi- sion room. Regular physical cheeks are made to see all is in each section. Level job is to convince man he has made a biff, but that it doesn't mean everyone is going to look down on said Father McCarty. "In- mates feel they can level better with the chaplains than with the staff." "We can level man to says Captain Butcher. "The inmate will talk about his problems two or three times, but ultimately it all leads back to a spiritual need. The inmate has to admit where he personally went wrong. The court's job is to deal with the crime; our job is to help him spiritually as an individual." "We don't even think about the crimes as we go around the Father McCarty added. "You can't be here more than three minutes before the men know what you are really says Captain Butcher. "Sure, we get snow- ed sometimes. But the men know now they can't play the chaplains off against one an- other." Captain Butcher said the chaplains "aren't turning the world upside down at the jail. A small percentage of men come and see us after re- lease. We don't see much in the way of religious conver- sion in here, but our contact can be the start of what a minister, priest or rabbi is able to complete at a later date." "Fear is the big thing in Captain Butcher contin- ued. "Little frustrations like no letter from their wife up- sets inmates. They fear the unknown like pending court hearings. We are trying to meet spritual needs without winning inmates to our own denomination." "We make no promises to the Father McCarty says. "That's the difference be- tween us and social Captain Butcher concluded. "We make no bones about it we aren't psychologists. All we can do is try and help be it a marital problem, a coat, or a job when the inmate gets out." Neither chaplain has receiv- ed any special training for jail work. Both men were appointed by their denomina- tions to serve in this capac- ity in Southern Alberta. No promise A firm pledge to help in every way possible is the substance of inmate counselling at Lethbridge Correction- al Institute. Father McCarty (above) assures a prisoner he will do all he can to help the man, but guards against any promise which might be broken. Anglicans plan to ordain four Eskimos as priests TORONTO The first grad- uates of the world's most nor- therly clergy_ training school, deacons, Anglican priests at a ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral, Regina, May 13 four will Ihuit (Eskimo) be ord lined A CHALLENGING NEW MOTION PICTURE CHHi 800 MILLION CHINESE ARE ON THE MOVE... See what they are REALLTKka Inside China today" Meet the remarkable Chinese people how China Is rapidly opening...and tha impact Its 800 million emerging people; will have on TODHTiTe The world has been startled by China's recent moves...and more are coming! See what Is being done-NOW-to reach the "New China" for Chrlif The gradualej. all in their thirties and married with fami- lies, are Abelie Napartuck of Great Whale River; Timothy Kalai from Coral Harbour: Jimmy Muckpah from Pond i Inlet; and Eliyah Keenainak {from Southampton Island. They were the first trainees of the Anglican Church of Can- ada's Arthur Turner Training School, 20 miles from the Arc- tic Circle, at Pangnirtung, when it opened in 1970. Each student Much of pent two years there before discussions being ordained deacons on Eas- ter Sunday 1972. Since the men have been stationed at different missions m the N.W.T. and northern Quebec. SHORTAGE ders of their own society. The students were deliberate- ly chosen from different parts of the Arctic so they could benefit from an exchange of experience. They brought their families to Pangnirtung for the two-year stay. i The course, in the Inuit lang- uage was designed to prepare priests capable of dealing with problems and practical needs of northern ministry. As wall as theology, the Inuit students were taught sociology, psychology and an understand- ing of social work, hygiene, public health, law and justice and how to develop leadership among their own people. BRIDGES their studies concentrated and finding ways of bridging gaps between the old and new way of life in the Arctic. The late Donald Marsh, Bis- i hop of the Arctic, who died early this year, described the course as "on-the-spot training as curates in parochial work giving graduates a background unparalleled so far by any workers in the Arctic." While the men attended the course, their wives practised domestic skills, learning cook- ing, sewing and laundering. Rev. G. F. C. Jackson, Arch- bishop of the diocese of Qu'Appelle and Metropolitan of I the Anglican province of Ru- perl's Land will ordain the priests. Archdacon J. C. M. Clarke, administrator of th-2 diocese of the Arctic will act as interpret- er. A shortage of clergy in the diocese of the Arctic, Canada's largest Anglican diocese, cov- j ering an area of nearly three J million square miles, led to the j establishment of the Arthur Turner school to train Tmuit j both as thcologicans and as lea- i i. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 10-00 a School The Worship Service: "HONOUR THY FATHER" 00 Evening Service: "LIFE'S PURPOSE IN EIGHT CALLINGS" "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL" SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Information Phone 328-3257 1714 14th Ave. Souih "Listen to p.m. Sunday" BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Pastor: MANFRED TAUBENSEE Phone 328-2045 Sunday, May 13 School Mother's Day Program Worship Rev. P. Jam Guest: Rev. Peter Jam, president of the Baptist Convention of Cameroon, West Africa Monday. May EVENING OF TESTIMONY MUSIC summer team of the North American Baptist College in Edmonton, NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical C'lurch In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N, PASTOR: V. SCHORR a Sunday School Wor- ship Service (Nursery Provided) p m.Evening Service EVERYONE CuKLiiALLY WELCOME. St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND L. D. HANICINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY a.m.-STEP BY STEP 7-00 OF MIND Church classes from nursery to adult at p m Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. yeAurcft In -tfi tunlvtl vnctor cwTMWnW. p.m. Sunday, May 13th BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 23rd STREET NORTH Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Quarterly Stake Conference 28th Street and Scenic Drive South General Session 10 a.m., Sunday, May 13 Elder Robert L. Simpson Presiding Sacrament Services will be held as usual THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service KEY '73 PREACHING MISSION May 21 May 25 75th ANNIVERSARY SERVICES Sunday, May 27 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Captain Roy Calvert from Calgary Temple Guest Speaker an unusual gifted preacher Music by Band and Songsters Guest Soloist Mrs. .Belly Graham, also from Calgary WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME ;