| Dick & Bert Tepe|
They have been organizing a “Jail Ministry” here at the parish for the past 24 years! They were originally involved in Jail Ministry at St. Leo’s through Dick’s sister. But when it was no longer feasible there, the couple reached out to Visi’s pastor at the time, Fr. Jack Wessling, who gave them the go ahead to begin the ministry here. That was 1991.
| Don & Rita Griffin|
They were joined right from the start by several others including Don and Rita Griffin who continue to be a part of jail ministry to this day! As many as 20 parishioners have been involved at certain times over the years…going out in groups of 2 or 3 to the various facilities including the Hamilton County Justice Center, the old Cincinnati Workhouse, River City Correction Center and the various Talbot Houses. In 2014, jail ministry teams from Our Lady of the Visitation visited and prayed with 319 people incarcerated in the Hamilton County jails and Talbot Houses. Altogether, OLV team members spent 66 hours holding services in area jails last year. Our parish also has been contributing around 65 plates of homemade cookies to the jails each Christmas. Visitation is one of the relatively few Catholic churches involved in Jail Ministry locally. Thanks to Dick and Bert’s leadership, enthusiasm and organization…dozens of Visi jail ministers have made quite a difference in the lives of many who were in desperate need of a spiritual lift!
Kudos Corner salutes them!