Human Dignity and Solidarity

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We cannot and do not judge those who are incarcerated, nor feel sorry for them; they do not want nor need pity. However, to be truly present and offer solidarity in difficult times, we must be aware of some of the factors, such as those named above, that lead to high incarceration rates in our nation, state and city.

Our ministry is based on the Gospel mandate found in Matthew 25: 36, “I was in prison and you visited me.”

Our call is to befriend and accompany detainees. Effective ministry is about listening to one another’s stories, reconnecting with each other, God and community, praying together, supporting one another, believing in the capacity to become whole and find joy, love and peace in this world. Where possible, our role is to provide opportunities for reconciliation and healing for victims and perpetrators of crime, their families and communities.

If the reality above concerns you and you’re seeking ways to help, here are a few ideas:

Organize

Organize a collection of those items on the wish list in your parish, school or business.

Gather

Gather to pray regularly for those who are in jail or prison, their families, the victims of violent crimes and an end to violence in our cities, nations and world.

Inform

Inform the Kolbe House staff of jobs that might be available for those released from jail or prison.

Invite

Invite someone from Kolbe House to come to your school or parish to share some stories and the realities of those who are incarcerated.

Donate to Kolbe House to help keep this important ministry vibrant.

On Your Own and in Your Communities

You Can Tutor a young person who is struggling in school. There are many organizations with whom you could work. One place in need of tutors is the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation at 51st and Elizabeth, 773.579.0781.

Write

Write your congressperson about injustices you see regarding the Department of Corrections policies and practices, especially those regarding the death penalty. Click here for U.S. representatives, click here for U.S. Senators.

Make it your business

Make it your business to stay educated about issues pertaining and contributing to incarceration of children, women with children, those who are poor or mentally ill.

Gather

Gather to pray regularly for those who are in jail or prison, their families, the victims of violent crimes and an end to violence in our cities, nations and world. Prayer is a powerful tool for transformation and building up the Family of God.