Bringing Catholic service and perspective to all those affected by incarceration in the 28 counties comprising the Diocese of Belleville, including those who are incarcerated in federal, state and local correctional institutions, their families, victims and communities.
“Recently JW was paroled from Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC)) in East St. Louis, the former Assumption High School. During the time he was incarcerated he served as our ‘unofficial sacristan and lector’ at the regular Masses which we celebrated on Wednesdays; he was highly regarded by every priest, deacon and lay volunteer who were a part of our rotating ministry schedule at the correctional center. JW was paroled just before Christmas and is now living in Columbia, where I am sacramental minister at Immaculate Conception Parish. I see him regularly at Mass on Sundays. He is also now seeking employment, assisted in his job search by Deacon John Fridley, one of our Prison Ministry team members at SWICC. JW is an excellent example of ‘prison ministry done right’.”
-The Rev. Christian Reuter, O.F.M., Prison Ministry Coordinator