Kolbe House Jail Ministry

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 at Assumption BVM — a parish-based 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.
You can learn more about Kolbe House on the Archdiocese of Chicago's website.


Birthday Card Mission

Kolbe House needs our help sending birthday cards to their incarcerated clients. Beginning in May, 2021 we began our Birthday Card Mission. Each month, Kolbe House sends us a list and our volunteers will receive a name, address and guidelines for writing to people who are incarcerated. Cards should be joyful and inspirational. 


Our Lenten Mission

In 2021, we began our Lenten Mission to help those individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system. Compelled by the Gospel "I was in prison and you visited me", Kolbe House is a jail ministry, for those impacted by incarceration. Kolbe House, a St Josaphat Unity Ball Award recipient, seeks to promote reconciliation through outreach. There are two ways you can help this Lent:

Become a Prayer Partner - You will be "matched" with a Kolbe House "re-entry" client, an individual who was recently released from jail or prison and you will commit to praying for them during Lent. You will receive information about your partner and prayers throughout Lent to increase your understanding of the barriers to re-entry. If you are interested in becoming a prayer partner, please contact Kelly Smith. We need at least 25 partners by Ash Wednesday.

Provide donations for care packages - We will be collecting white wash cloths and puzzle books (crossword, sudoku, activities) to be included in care packages for women incarcerated at Cook County Jail. Ideally we would like to make 100 care packages. Please drop these items off at the rectory by March 19th. If you have any questions please contact Kelly Smith.


Our Annual Christmas Mission

Want to get rid of those extra, unused Christmas cards in your house? Fr. Francis collects Christmas Cards and stamps to bring to Kolbe House Jail Ministry to give those imprisoned the opportunity to send cards to their friends, family and loved ones. Please drop off your donations at the rectory or back of church no later than a week before Christmas.