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Chicago, IL (February 19, 2014) – Kolbe House, the Catholic Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, begins its eighth annual Lenten email retreat on March 8, 2014.  Participants will receive an email from Kolbe House every Monday during Lent that contains a short personal experience and scriptural reflection.  These reflections have been written by staff members at the Precious Blood Reconciliation Center, by Kolbe House chaplains at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, by the mother of a person who is incarcerated, by a young adult who lives in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, and by a prison inmate.

This year’s Lenten retreat is designed to help participants reflect on the Way of the Cross, the traditional journey of Christians during Lent. It is an opportunity to meditate and ponder the power of the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), reflecting on different stations throughout the retreat. There will be reflections, prayers, and suggested action steps offered as aids during the Lenten journey.

All interested in participating in this Lenten email retreat can email Email addresses will not be shared with anyone else and participants will not be asked for any donations in these emails. Those who prefer can also participate in the retreat by visiting the Kolbe House website at

Kolbe House is an agency of the Department of Parish Life and Formation of the Archdiocese of Chicago and deals directly with those involved in the criminal justice system. This includes one-to-one visits, pastoral counseling, religious services in corrections facilities and other social services. Kolbe House listens to and stands with the family members, providing emergency services to the incarcerated, their families and other families in similar situations.

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