What Can the Incarcerated Teach Us About Redemption? by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. One of my most memorable experiences of jail ministry came during a recent visit to a group of detainees inside a jail. During the visit we read and discussed the Parable of the Fig Tree found in Matthew 24:32-35. To facilitate the discussion, I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]