Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was in prison and you came to see me. (Mt 25: 34.36)
Saint Vincent de Paul was Chaplain-General of the Galleys in Paris where he was able to stop many abuses to the galley slaves. These men, prisoners, were treated as animals without any spiritual and corporal support or contact with their families. As soon as he could, he sent the Daughters of Charity to serve them: taking them food, caring for their wounds and offering them some spiritual consolation which could lead them to God. This was a very audacious and dangerous project at that time in history, but it was also a very successful one.
Faithfull to their origins, the Daughters of Charity continue that mission of visiting prisoners and helping them to change their lives. Like Jesus, we believe that everybody deserves another opportunity so we offer not only spiritual guidance but also guidance for their reintegration into society.
To accomplish this, some Sisters and local communities serve:
- In prison kitchens
- In prison infirmaries
- In classrooms for prisoners
- In welcome centre
- By visiting the prisoners
- By keeping contact with prisoners’ families