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.Read more…
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.Read More…
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!’”Read More…
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