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

What We Do

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

Mass Incarceration

Serving those who would otherwise be abandoned According to the SentencingProject.org, while the U.S. is only 5% of the world population, it has over 20% of the world’s prison population. The U.S. rate of incarceration has increased over 500% in the last 40 years. Yet, two out of every three people released from prison will commit […]

Augustinian Re-entry Ministry

According to PrisonFellowship.org, approximately 600 thousand people are released from prison each year. Two out of every three people who are released will commit another crime. This is because incarceration does little to fix the systemic causes of crime (i.e., poverty, mental illness, etc). Re-entry ministry attempts to break the cycle of crime by helping […]

Augustinian In-Prison/Jail Ministry

Jesus said that whenever you visit someone in prison, you visit Him (Mt. 25:36). Over 2.2. million people are incarcerated in the United States alone. Augustinians serve in prisons and jails throughout North America, offering the Sacraments, spiritual direction, counseling, classes, Bible studies, and more than anything a friendly presence to those who would otherwise […]

Prison Ministry in the Spirit of St. Augustine

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. Every person struggles with the search for happiness.  Saint Augustine’s City of God portrays the human search for happiness as a struggle between two loves:  love of the eternal (God) and love of earthly things (XIV, 28).  Only through love of God will we attain true and lasting happiness (XII, 2).  Yet, the passions often cause us […]

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  • St. Jude Parish Establishes Garden to Feed the Hungry
    Earlier this year, Saint Jude Parish in New Lennox, IL utilized funding from the Midwest Augustinian Justice and Peace Grant Program to establish a community garden.  All food grown in the garden will be shared with local food pantries. Are you interested in or have an existing project that seeks to promote justice and peace […]
  • Canadian Augustinian Center for Social Justice Accomplishments from 2020 Grant Program
    The Canadian Augustinian Center for Social Justice recently released a report on accomplishments undertaken with funding from the Midwest Augustinian Grant Program.  Full details are included in the below  memorandum.  For more information on Augustinian Grant Programs, click here.
  • What a Trip to a Battle Zone Taught Me about Easter
    by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. Whoever goes to Christ goes from fear to love. Saint Augustine (Confessions, IV, 14, 22) As we continue our journey through Easter, we see the early disciples often struggled to recognize the risen Lord as He appeared to them.  In Luke 24:35-48 the risen Lord enters and the disciples are startled, […]