Human Dignity and Solidarity

About Us

Kolbe House is the agency of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system.

Compelled by the Gospel mandate, “I was in prison and you visited me,” Kolbe House — a jail ministry — is a sanctuary for those impacted by incarceration. We seek to promote restoration and reconciliation through outreach, support and accompaniment. We follow the example of St. Maximilian Kolbe to love and hope in the midst of evil and despair.

Through our ministry, the merciful love of the Father is shared…

...with the incarcerated, whom we serve as God’s beloved daughters and sons.

...with their families, to surround them with love and let them know they are not alone.

...with community members, to help see how we are all connected and affected by

...with the larger culture, inviting all to see in the incarcerated our own brothers and sisters.