“The men and women in the jails are as much a part of our Church, the Body of Christ, as anyone else.”
That conviction guided Franciscan Brother John (Jack) Moylan during his more than three decades of service – including more than 20 years as director – with the diocesan Office of Prison Ministry. Brother Jack Moylan died on Sunday, July 27. He was 73.
A member of the diocesan prison ministry team since it was formed in 1979, Brother Jack became the office’s director in September, 1990, coordinating all prison ministry activities throughout the diocese until he stepped down in 2012. He also served on the Criminal Justice committee of the New York State Catholic Conference. His prior work in prison ministry included service as full time chaplain at the Suffolk County Jail.
As part of his dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care degree that he earned from New York Theological Seminary in 1986, Brother Jack founded a movement modeled on Big Brothers which involved having adult volunteers regularly visit adolescent inmates at the Yaphank jail. This led to the volunteers forming the Bishop Gerald J. Ryan Guild to work with troubled youth, including youthful ex-offenders.
A member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn since 1958, Brother Jack was involved in education, vocation and formation work, and campus ministry before beginning his work in prison ministry.
A wake will be held Friday, August 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Montfort Retreat Center, 26 South Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore. The funeral Mass will also be at the Montfort Center, Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m.