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

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 […]

Saint Rita and the Narrow Way to Peace

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA How do we advocate for peace and justice in a world that is not always open to honest “dialogue” on the solutions we are all hungry for? Solutions that call for peace in a world plagued by rising gun violence; restorative justice in a world plagued by a retributive culture that […]


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  • Planting Seeds of Hope
    by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Our God is a God of surprises.   We know that in the time of Jesus people were expecting the Messiah to come in a way that was very sudden, very visible, and very powerful. However, for Jesus, the true metaphor of God’s reign was a small, weak, and seemingly insignificant mustard […]
  • Heroic Hope
    by Jeremy Hiers, OSA If you drive past just about any hospital or healthcare facility these days, you will likely see a sign that says, “Heroes Work Here.” These signs remind us of the brave and dedicated men and women who have dared to work in healthcare during the pandemic. We could put similar signs […]
  • Our Hope is in the Lord! (LOH Wednesday Week 3)
    The following reflections are provided for individual or communal reflection in preparation for praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Morning Prayer -> Evening Prayer -> How to Pray Morning Prayer Psalm 86 -> Isaiah 33:13-16 -> Psalm 98 1. Take a few moments to reflect on the themes of the prayers this morning: This morning […]