Director’s Message

Greetings from Prison Ministry India in Pune! It is indeed heartening to welcome you to our website. Your visit here is certainly inspired by God and we thank you for reaching out to us.

I was first introduced to Prison Ministry in Nagpur during my seminary days. Our six-member team of seminarians made weekly visits to the prisons to meet and motivate the under-trials. We were fondly known as “Bhajan Mandali” by the officials.

In 2006, I was appointed by the Diocese of Poona as Director of the Prison Ministry in Pune. Since then, our team of committed volunteers guided by Scripture is working tirelessly to bring hope, healing and a new purpose to the prisoners and their families.We believe that every person has dignity and potential, even those behind bars. PMI Pune reaches out to prisoners to help them regain their lost strength and energy. Just like Jesus Christ, though innocent, was brought to trial, executed, buried, and brought to life again, Prison Ministry India aims to bring hope, healing and a new purpose to each prisoner’s life. We firmly believe that those who break the law can be transformed and motivated to effectively serve the community – the cycle of crime can be replaced by a cycle of renewal.

All our efforts are only possible due to the cooperation we receive from the Prison officials and Government authorities. I take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to them for all their support and guidance over the years. I also thank our volunteers, whose energy, resilience and commitment helps me fulfill our mission.

I invite you to browse our website and explore how you can join us in opening the door for our incarcerated Indians and help them live up to their potential after paying their debt to society.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Wilfred V. Fernandes

Director (Diocese of Poona Prison Ministry) and

Maharashtra State Coordinator PMI