Inmates from Calipatria and Centinela State Prisoners were filmed for a DVD presentation to be shown during the National Day of Prayer.

Inmates from Calipatria and Centinela State Prison inmates were filmed for a DVD presentation to be shown during the National Day of Prayer.

Seminary students from Calipatria, Centinela prisons filmed for event at El Centro

By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison

Inmates at Calipatria State Prison and Centinela State Prison will participate in the National Day of Prayer scheduled for Thursday, May 7. The twist? They are using technology to be involved in the event.

Inmates sing, pray and worship.

Inmates sing, pray and worship.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress.

The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) students at Calipatria State Prison are representing both Calipatria and Centinela prisons at this year’s National Day of Prayer event at Christ Community Church in El Centro.

This is the first time such participation has occurred between state inmates and the National Day of Prayer event, according to organizers.

Calipatria State Prison Warden Warren L. Montgomery and CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications permitted the filming of the inmates at Calipatria Prison, and a DVD has been produced for airing at the National Day of Prayer event.

TUMI is a three-and-a-half year seminary program delivered inside of 19 California prisons as well as other prisons across the nation. Each graduate of TUMI receives 24 college credits and a certificate recognizing his/her academic achievements. TUMI is funded by Serving California and delivered by Prison Fellowship and World Impact Ministry.