Meet a couple in their 70′s who are spending their golden years in an unlikely place.
From the Hartford, Ct. Catholic Transcript:
What started as a penance after confession has blossomed into long-term labor of love for a husband and wife who hope others will join their efforts.
“To whom much is given, much is expected,” said Walter Seibert, by way of explaining why he and his wife Gesuina make up the Prison Ministry of Northern Connecticut.
For the past 15 years, the Seiberts, both septuagenarians, have been involved in prison ministry, which brings prisoners of different faiths together with volunteers. They travel to correctional facilities in Suffield and Enfield three times a week to share their faith with inmates.
Both products of Catholic education, Walter and Ges, as she is known, say the ministry has fortified their faith. Although they describe their sharing of the faith as “Catechism 101,” they are challenged by the questions inmates ask.
“We’ve had to answer questions that we never had to look at before because we just took things on faith. But a lot of these guys say, ‘I don’t want to know based upon faith, I want an answer to that,’” Walter said. “So we go back and look up the Church’s teaching.”
The Seiberts’ ministry is funded entirely by the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
“Last year we got a $2,500 grant from that, and thank God,” said Walter, adding that the money is used primarily to buy Bibles and catechisms in English and Spanish.
“We are so blessed,” said Ges. “If somebody had told me, ‘One day, you’re going to enjoy going to prison,’ I would have said, ‘You’re out of your mind.’”The Seiberts, who have been married for 55 years, live at St. Joseph’s Residence, a home for the elderly run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.