At St. Charles Parish in Drexel Hill, a Group Helps Prisoners and Their Families

ue and John Killeen of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill.
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Sue and John Killeen of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill.

A community of love is working out of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill to help the incarcerated and families who have a loved one in prison, writes Shannon Marie Josephine Sweeney for

Sue and John Killeen run the Mary Mother of Captives prison ministry.

Their work provides support to those in prison as well as to those prisoners transitioning back home.

“There is so much need, but nobody knows what they are looking for, or if they do, they don’t know how to get it,” John said.

The group works together to provide support and take action to help inmates and families survive the effects of incarceration.

It shares artwork from inmates, runs a national pen pal program and circulates newsletters and videos promoting the human dignity of the incarcerated.

“Nobody gets it,” Sue said, including “neighbors, family, pastors.” Family members feel isolated as though they are the only ones in the world going through this experience. Mothers especially feel the shame of their child’s incarceration.”

Mary Mother of Captives lets participants find people who will listen and understand.

About 112 people from all over participate in the group.

Read more at about this prison ministry out of Drexel Hill.

This documentary shows the barriers the incarcerated face when they return to the outside world.

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