“Come. You have my Father’s blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me." Then the just will ask him: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we welcome you away from home or clothe you? When did we visit you when you were ill or in prison?" The king will answer them: "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." (Matthew 25:34-40)
The sisters who reside here at Assisi House continue their mission of service with ministries that answer the call to see our Lord’s face in everyone they meet and also in those strangers who are suffering. Our Prison Pen-Pal Ministry consists of a group of sisters who write to men in prison through the organization Mary, Mother of Captives and the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. Our group currently has 11 members who write to their pen-pals at least once a month. We also gather together to share our letters and to discuss ways on how we can be of help to these men. The prisoners to whom we write are very appreciative. They don’t always write back regularly but more than one sister has received a letter from her pen-pal thanking her for her faithfulness and begging her not to stop writing to him or to give up on him. For some of these men, the letters that they receive from their sister pen-pal is the only contact that they have from the outside world.
|Sr. Mary Teresa Carmichael, who coordinates the Prison Pen-Pal Project, hold a statue of Mary, Mother of Captives, that she received from the organization that connects the sisters with the prisoners.|
|(beginning far left) Srs. Francis Madaio, Doretta Egan, Alphonsus Moran, Jean Clare Rohe, and Theresa Mary Mich clip coupons which will be eventually be sent to families of military personnel.|