History

The Moncton Community Chaplaincy began its community service in 1980 as a Friday evening drop in program to assist ex-offenders in filling leisure time with study, worship and fellowship that would prevent ex-offenders from involving themselves in past, unhealthy conduct. As a Dorchester Penitentiary Chaplain and pioneer in prison aftercare, Rev. Pierre Allard and his wife Judy also opened their home and recruited volunteers to help.

The Chaplaincy Ministry then grew from meeting spiritual, social, recreational, and relational needs to a truly street level ministry with a team of Chaplains partnered with the Christian Council for Reconciliation, recently re-named Concilio (www.conciliocanada.org). In 1985 the Chaplaincy was incorporated and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors appointed from the faith community. Chaplaincy work is supported through monetary donations from community Churches and individuals; and is also supported by a Correctional Services of Canada contract and the Mennonite Central Committee. We thank all those who continue to support us in our ongoing ministry of supporting prison aftercare and the reintegration of ex-offenders back into the community.

During the Chaplaincy’s long history, they have been housed in several different locations throughout the city of Moncton NB, purchasing a permanent building in 2002 at 75 Gordon St., Moncton NB.

The initial vision of the Community Chaplaincy in Moncton was to be a support for ex-offenders as they transitioned back into the community; to be there for them and to be channels of God’s grace and mercy and to walk with them toward a relationship with Christ. Although there have been many changes over the years with locale, programs and services; their mission remains the same....To Reconcile Ex-offenders with God, with Themselves, and with the Community. We continue to believe that the Community Chaplaincy is but an extension of local Churches, individuals and organizations hoping to change the lives of the lost and to bring light into darkness.

The Community Chaplaincy continues to strive for the reconciliation of ex-offenders by following Restorative Justice principles. We thank God for the many blessings the Chaplaincy has received as a ministry and for the privilege of serving those we serve.

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Testimonials

“ The Chaplaincy starts my day off right and gets things moving in a positive way. ”

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