Catholic Prison Outreach
Dear Deacon Scotty,
I pray that this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. Keeping yourself free of the Clovis 19 virus I hope. So far I’ve been tested twice already, once at Golden State, the other here at Taft.
Let me start with my name, Richard ******** I was with you for years at Golden State, Mc Farland, when we held services in the chow hall. You were always asking the men to move from the back, up to the front. (See I’ve been there Ha Ha) Anyway I sat on the of the row with a Spanish gentleman named Felipe. I’m the white older gentleman. I’ve been in prison for 20 years and you got me the Miraculous Medal I have. You also got me the wooden Rosary from Medjugorje. You gave to me one of your books that you wrote on Medjugorje also.
Have I brought any memories to you yet? I’m also 65, and am a Honorable Discharged Veteran, from the Army. I am consecrated to the Virgin Mother and always had the book on the Virgin Mary in front of me. I hope you remember me now.
Well before I left McFarland and the last time I saw you, I told you I was going to Taft, MCCF and you said you visited there also and that it was a much better place. I agree with you, it’s much better in terms of staff.
When I got here at Taft I asked about Catholic Services, but was told there are none due to the Corona Virus. Talked to an inmate who was passing out Sunday services pamphlet and asked him did he know Deacon Scotty, he got a big smile on his face and said, “Oh yea I know Scotty!” One thing led to another, as it usually does and he gave me your address.
I’m finally at the end of my 20 year term and being released in September. I’m excited and I’m also somewhat scared. So much has changed over the 20 years I’ve been in prison. I have no family alive anymore, I’ve 5 children who haven’t talked to me since I’ve been in prison. My wife, mother and dad have all passed away, so I guess it’s just me now. I’m being paroled as “Homeless” and have been trying to get in touch with Veterans Representatives to help me find a place to live. I’m starting over so a place to lay my head and feel safe is my first priority.
My prayers are all I’ve got Scotty, and I discuss them frequently with our Blessed Mother and with Our Lord. There are occasions when I ask Saint Padre Pio and St. Anthony, St. Jude, St. Joseph to intercede for me. I always pray the Rosary and recently the 15 prayers of St. Bridget. This prayer was so strongly put upon my heart to pray, and who am I to question what the Lord puts on my heart to pray.
I seriously doubt that you’ll be coming to our place anytime soon, but if you do please be careful, this virus is no joke for men our age.
Well Scotty this is a long letter, I wanted to say hello and that I’ve not forgotten you. I hope we can stay in touch, if it pleases you, I would be pleased also. If and when I get an address I’ll write you. I’m going to close now, God Bless you my friend and may the Blessed Mother keep you in her care.
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