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Doing the work in the works of mercy

Archbishop Naumann offers a gentle hand to a juvenile offender after talking to a small group. The archbishop and his group met and talked with a number of juveniles during their visit. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

There are seven corporal works of mercy found in the teachings of Jesus that provide a model of how one should treat others.

Below, Archbishop Naumann is wanded by a corrections officer before being allowed into the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

On Nov. 28, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Lamb and Father Joseph Chontos lived out one of those works when they visited the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, a medium- and maximum-security facility for male and female juveniles in Topeka.

Left, Little Brother David and Little Sister Judith talk and pray with a juvenile. Because of staffing issues, the young men and women were confined to their rooms so the guests went room to room to visit. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

Father Chontos is the chaplain of the facility.

Little Sister Judith, the provincial superior of the Little Sisters of the Lamb, talks with a juvenile following a small group meeting as facility chaplain Father Joseph Chontos, left, Mike Morrand, center, a lay member of the Community of the Lamb, and Archbishop Naumann look on. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

The group was able to meet with several incarcerated groups and individuals that evening to talk and pray.

Between buildings on the grounds inside the facility’s fenced perimeter, the Little Brothers and Sisters and Archbishop Naumann stopped to visit with a group of incarcerated young men. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

The Little Brothers and Sisters also performed for select groups.

To view more photos from the visit, click here.

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The Leaven is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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