Human Dignity and Solidarity

The Saving Grace of Jail Inmates Since 1983

Compelled by the Gospel mandate, “I was in prison and you visited me,” Kolbe House at Assumption BVM — a parish based jail ministry — is a sanctuary for those impacted by incarceration. As a community steeped in hospitality, we seek hope and reconciliation through outreach, support and accompaniment. 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 strengthen them as they, too, “do time” with their loved ones.
… with the larger culture, inviting all to see in the incarcerated, our own brothers and sisters.

Kolbe House Jail Ministry Holy Hour 

During our visits to the incarcerated, we collect prayer intentions from inmates at Cook and Lake County jails. These intentions are shared with those who attend our monthly Sanctuary Holy Hour.

Join us in solidarity with our detained and incarcerated brothers and sisters, with their families and friends. 

Next Sanctuary Holy Hour 
May 8, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Kolbe House at Assumption BVM
2434 S. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

Kolbe House is the agency of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that deals directly with those involved in the criminal justice system. We provide one-on-one visits, counseling and religious services inside jails. We stand with ex-offenders — individuals reentering society after incarceration —  and family members, providing them with emergency support and referrals to social services.

Kolbe House recognizes that the incarcerated are often victims themselves and that the system is larger than any of the individuals in it. On any given day, an estimated 8,000 adults are locked up in Cook County Jail, another 600 adults in Lake County Jail, and approximately 275 juveniles at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Kolbe House works for change through educating the public about the reality of the criminal justice system and about those caught in it. We want the voting public to be as informed as possible about the complexities of justice questions. Kolbe House chaplains offer talks to interested groups, and we create and publish Making Choices, a journal that we mail to those in prison and to those released from prison.