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Springfield Retirees Volunteer Their Time to Counsel the Incarcerated

January 10, 2012

Greenspring retirement community residents spend much of their time volunteering with the Kairos prison ministry program 

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - Jim and Diane Bayne are residents at the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia; nearly 2000 residents call Greenspring home.  The Baynes have spent about two decades leading retreats and sharing with families the experience of living the Gospel.  During that time, Jim was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate within the Catholic Church and since the mid-1990s has worked with the Kairos prison ministry, an ecumenical program of counseling and mentoring in prisons.  According to theKairos Prison Ministry International organization, "the people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration.  Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry."
Jim and several other volunteers frequently visit prison facilities and present the Kairos program to several dozen inmates at a time.  He cites his experience with Kairos as "the most rewarding ministry" in which he has served and enjoys teaching the inmates about the Gospel and how to live, love, and forgive.
About Greenspring:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Livingfull-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at