By Lt. Andre Gonzales, AA/Public Information Officer
and Landon Bravo, Community Resources Manager
California Medical Facility
Rev. Jaime Soto, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, made a pastoral visit to the men at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville shortly before Christmas.
First, he stopped by to visit acting Warden Robert W. Fox.
His Dec. 21 celebration of the Holy Mass with the men constituted what was characterized as an non-quantifiable Christmas gift to the population of the institution.
His visit was a sign of his spiritual outreach to prisoners as reflected in Pope Francis’ comments of June 21, 2014, in which the Pope spoke of providing comfort to those in prison and those who look after them.
After the Mass, Bishop Soto toured the Robert Alexander Memorial Hospice located in the institution. The bishop visited with all 16 of the men housed there, echoing more of the Pope’s exhortation to comfort the sick and dying.
He spent some time, as well, with three Catholic inmates in the unit, and before departing, he gave his apostolic blessing to the entire hospice, the medical and nursing staff, the correctional officers, the families, the inmate workers and volunteers.
The Bishop’s visit and remarks reflect the continuing mission of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to rehabilitate inmates so they may return to their families, and to ensure society is accepting of those returning inmates, according to CMF officials.