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

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 […]

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 […]

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  • Saint Rita Understands our Time of Division and Conflict
    We live in a very divided world.  The level of division we are experiencing here in the United States can at times appear so deep we may wonder if there is any hope for healing and reconciliation, let alone unity.  Saint Rita was married into a family that was rivals with another family.  The rivalry […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]