Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie confirms two inmates at the Bowden Institution June 18.

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie confirms two inmates at the Bowden Institution June 18.

September 12, 2016
SHAYLYN MCMAHON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

One inmate was baptized and confirmed while another was confirmed during Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie's recent visit to the Bowden Institution.

Thomas Grabon received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation while Jonathan Leduc was baptized during Lavoie's June 18 visit to the prison at Innisfail.

The institution's two Catholic chaplains, Thelma Pelletier and Brent Walker, prepared the two inmates for the sacraments of initiation.

Grabon and Leduc expressed a strong desire to enter into the Catholic faith while participating in Pelletier's grief recovery program.

The program integrated Lavoie's two inspirational videos, Images of Hope: The Spirituality of Recovery, which are based on the journey of addiction and the 12-step healing process.

Once these two men completed the grief program, Pelletier realized the depth of the impact of Lavoie's videos on the successful healing of the two men.

Millie Hoffos, a Catholic volunteer at the institution's chapel, worked with the two men by following the Rite of Christian Initiation process in weekly meetings.

The archbishop travelled to the institution, relying on his GPS navigation system which took him on a tour of the surrounding countryside.

Eventually, his arrival at the prison was greeted with immeasurable gratitude and heartfelt appreciation by the chaplain, guests and inmates.