Posts by deaconmike

One man’s journey to reclaim his life: Dewey Bozella

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

This video is a bit long but this is a wonderfully told story of how one man found peace in the strangest of places. Dewey Bozella was locked up for 26 years – a lifetime – for a crime he did not commit. This story is about the triumph of human spirit and living proof of the maxim: “never give up”. One man’s journey to reclaim his life, against all odds; a man fighting his biggest fight outside the boxing ring without any hatred or bitterness towards the system. Dewey Bozella – courageous, persistent, human and finally…free Video from...

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Helping others to Die with Dignity

Posted by on May 15, 2014

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Below is a story of compassion and empathy. I have had the honour of knowing Dan for a number of years and I find him to be a person who can live in awe at what the marginalize have to carry and not in judgement about how they carry it. Click here for the article on the ministry of Dan and the others of the Peterborough Community...

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The Resurrection Goes On! By Harry Nigh

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

On  Saturday April 19th my friend Timothy and folks from Nazareth Gospel Temple hosted a  first-ever breakfast for their community in the east end of Scarborough that includes the hotels along Kingston Road where some of our poorest neighbours live. It was Timothy’s dream that his church should reach out to hurting people around them. I ate breakfast beside Merna who left her grown sons and grandchildren in Bathurst, New Brunswick to pursue the good life in Toronto. She walked across the road after Timothy knocked on her door with an invitation to come for breakfast. I’ve known Timothy...

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There Was No ‘Other’ Anymore by: Debbie Ackley

Posted by on May 15, 2012

There Was No ‘Other’ Anymore by: Debbie Ackley

On November 17, I read from Born from Silence at two penitentiaries in Gravenhurst, Ontario: Beaver Creek and Fenbrook Institutions during Restorative Justice Week. This year the theme was “Fostering a Restorative World View”. In three of the four readings with inmates and staff (held separately), the reading was done in a circle. I am so grateful to chaplains Harry Nigh, Eusebia da Silva and the chaplains of both institutions: Arn Main; Miles Schell and Abraham Yonas for inviting me to do this.  It was one more layer of healing for me as the men and the staff listened to my story with...

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Ministry of Friendship

Posted by on May 9, 2012

Ministry of Friendship

The Ministry of Friendship encourages the faithful to extend the hand of friendship and to get involved in a high degree of commitment with an ex-prisoner through fellowship and ‘walking together’.

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