Over the last few months, the Rector Mark Pendleton has been working with the New Hampshire Immigrant Visitation Program —  a group of local volunteers — at the Strafford County jail in Dover helping to provide “know your legal rights” advice to the immigrant detainees awaiting refugee asylum hearings or deportation. The jail receives considerable funding from the Federal government to house inmates.  The jail receives persons arrested by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Vermont, NH and Maine, as well some from Massachusetts.   Mark has been asked to make pastoral visitations to Spanish speaking inmates and celebrates the Eucharist – La Misa —  each 2ndWednesday afternoon.

If you would like to get involved in advocacy or accompaniment, please contact Mark.

To read about how the Episcopal Church is helping detainees, click here.

Learn more about the jail here.


Were you touched by the picture of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy in the red shirt who was drowned along with his mother and brother as they fled the violence in their home town? Are you wondering what you can do to help the refugees? We are exploring ways to do just that. Find out how you can help by filling out the Syrian refugee ministry interest inventory and/or by contacting one of us for more information. We can all work together to support this ministry!

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