Learn About Cooperative Reentry Services

Reentry Services for Returning Citizens is a multi-faceted program that supports people released from prison as they transition back into the community.

Learn About Cooperative Reentry Services

In the spirit of Restorative Justice we accept our Christian responsibility and proclaim we are our brothers’ keepers by helping people successfully reenter society.

Learn About Cooperative Reentry Services

A disturbing number of offenders return to prison after their release, with 48% of the adult inmates returning within three years.

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Our Reentry Services for Returning Citizens needs your financial support and your support as a volunteer for OBK Reentry and Prison Ministry Programs in the Belleville Diocese.

Welcome to Our Brothers’ Keepers

Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois is a Christian faith-based organization that is dedicated to the full integration of formerly incarcerated persons, “returning citizens”, into the St. Clair County, Illinois, community.

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Cooperative Reentry Services For Returning Citizens

Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois has partnered with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois to create Cooperative Reentry Services for Returning Citizens. Together we are approaching reentry to society with a holistic approach.

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Remembering Father Christian Reuter, O.F.M.

Father Christian Reuter, OFM, is being remembered for his early work in the Civil Rights Movement and his admirable work with inmates in southern Illinois prisons and with ex-offenders.

Father Reuter died June 30, 2018, following complications from back surgery. He was 79.

In a statement, Bishop Edward K. Braxton said: “As we pray for dear Father Reuter, we are mindful of his joyful, unselfish, and tireless ministry on behalf of the imprisoned and the marginalized. From this perspective, it seems providential that the name given to him at baptism was “Christian.” His life truly embodied the teachings and example of the Christ-centered ministry of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi. Father Reuter reminded all of us, including the Bishops of Illinois, to become more aware of and to become more responsive to the needs of those in prison. He taught us forcefully that the person in every prison cell is Jesus Christ himself. ‘When I was in prison you visited me. Now enter into the joy of my Father!’”

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