Interfaith celebration promotes tolerance at Deuel Vocational Institution

From left, Muslim Chaplain Imam Mikhail Muslim, Native American Chaplain Mike Herman, Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Klein, Warden Jerome Price  and Catholic Chaplain Deacon Santiago recently gathered for the second Interfaith Day of Prayer.

From left, Muslim Chaplain Imam Mikhail Muslim, Native American Chaplain Mike Herman, Jewish Chaplain Rabbi E.J. Klein, Warden Jerome Price and Catholic Chaplain Deacon Edwin Santiago recently gathered for the second Interfaith Day of Prayer.

By Lt. Arnel Bona, A.A., Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution

Muslims, Catholics, Native Americans and those of the Jewish faith gathered recently to promote harmony inside the walls of the Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).

Warden Jerome Price and the chaplains of the four religious denominations at DVI led 100 participants of staff and inmates in inspirational talks, songs, meditations and music with a focus on tolerance on Aug. 13.

This is the second Interfaith Day of Prayer organized by the Chaplains at DVI. Last year’s event focused on the theme of peace and was attended by over 80 participants.

Next year’s Interfaith Day of Prayer will be focused on forgiveness.

Many inmates have voiced gratitude over these events, saying they reduce tension and foster acceptance among different ethnic and religious groups at the institution, according to officials.

Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Klein, Native American Chaplain Mike Herman, Muslim Chaplain Imam Mikhail Muslim and Catholic Chaplain Deacon Santiago were joined by readings from Rastafarian representatives and inspirational soul music by DVI’s own The Second Chance Band.

DVI Warden Jerome Price speaks during the Interfaith Day of Prayer.

DVI Warden Jerome Price speaks during the Interfaith Day of Prayer.

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2 Responses

  1. Chaplain Abdul Johnson Friday, October 3, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    What an excellent way to promote celebrating our similarities and tolerating our differences. Way to go chaplains and Warden Price!

    • ROLANDO LOPEZ Monday, October 6, 2014 / 5:20 pm

      Good comment, Abdul. Keep it up. PVSP all the way.

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