Jesus said whenever we visit someone in prison, we visit Him (Mt. 25:36).

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Augustinians offer the Sacraments, spiritual direction, counseling, Bible studies, and friendly visits to the incarcerated throughout the United States.


West Coast Region

Locations of Prison Ministries in West Coast Region

Midwest Region

Cook County Jail (Chicago, IL)

East Coast Region

SCI Chester Prison (Chester, PA)


See Our Latest Posts on Mass Incarceration

The Little Way in Jail

Editors Note:  the following reflection was written by someone who has faced incarceration and was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge, a publication of the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. Just as the tattoos on my body testify as to who I was prior to finding Christ…the following […]

What Can the Incarcerated Teach Us About Advent?

As we journey towards Christmas, the Advent season invites us reflect on the hope we have that Christ has come and Christ will come again to free us. Yet, throughout this blessed time, 2.2 million people will be locked in cages behind prison/jail walls, separated from family and community. This does little to help the […]

Growing in Hope

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The centurion found in Matthew 8:5-11 was a man who understood the concept of authority. He was someone both subject to the authority of those who ranked higher than him as well as someone who had authority over others. This understanding opened a path for the centurion to have great faith […]

Filling the Void

Editors Note: the following reflection was written by someone who faced incarceration and addiction. It was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge (issue #34), a publication of the Adeodatus Prison Ministry under the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. I was always trying to fill a void that […]

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  • The Triune Way to Heaven: Faith, Hope, and Love in Augustine’s De Trinitate
    Although God is present everywhere, and there is no place where we are not in God’s presence (Psalm 139:8), our experience of God occurs as if God were veiled from us and therefore His presence is mediated by signs (1 Cor 13:12). Some of these signs communicate grace by virtue of the sacrament itself, such […]
  • The Saints and Grit
    Psychology professor Angela Duckworth in her TED Talk “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance” explains that doing well in school and in life depends much more on something other than talent and ability. In her research of various contexts ranging from middle school students, to West Point cadets, from first year teachers to people […]
  • The Little Way in Jail
    Editors Note:  the following reflection was written by someone who has faced incarceration and was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge, a publication of the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. Just as the tattoos on my body testify as to who I was prior to finding Christ…the following […]