About Jail Ministry

“When did we see you in jail? When you came to visit the least of my brothers and sisters you came to visit me.” Matthew 26.39

An oasis in the midst of the courts, a state prison, and the Milwaukee County Jail, St Ben’s is a welcoming, safe place for those involved in the criminal justice system. Chaplains from St Ben’s offer prayers, a listening ear, help with needed resources, and hope for the future. They make a real difference in the lives of many during incarceration and after release.

St Ben's Parish is reflected in the windows of the County Jail

For further information on any of these St Ben’s Jail ministry programs contact St Ben's Parish [email protected]

Jail Ministry Retreats
St Ben’s Chaplains have made a difference in our Milwaukee County Jail with visits and retreats. For many years Chaplains have been holding religious retreats three times annually for women in jail. Entitled “Listening to the Spirit through Scripture,” these retreats offer hope for the future and the listening ears of prayer guides.

Discern Jail Chaplaincy
Many called by the Holy Spirit have prayed about being a jail volunteer. A program is in place to help Spirit-filled people in this discernment.

Facilitate Seminary Student Societal Ministry
We do facilitate the jail experience with seminary students from St Francis Seminary. The students interact inside the jail. They meet and share face to face with the incarcerated. We will work with any seminary interested in this ministry

Speakers Available
We will be happy to share our jail experiences with any church organization, fraternal group, or any focus group.