As a monastic community our response to the Gospel mandate of Jesus to visit those in prison has led us into ministry with those incarcerated in the California State Prisons and County Jails. We hope to help people use the time of incarceration as a means of intentional spiritual and personal growth that can affect positive life change.
The monks of Community of Divine Love as well as some of our Oblates and others associated with the community offer spiritual companionship with our incarcerated friends in the form of visiting, worship, teaching, and individual spiritual direction. Written correspondence is also a vital part of our ministry. In addition, we publish THE JOURNEY newsletter that is currently distributed to individuals in 26 different prisons and jails.
We also advocate for peace and justice and positive change in the criminal justice system. Our primary focus being the abolition of the death penalty and sentencing reform, such as ending the California Three Strikes Law and unfair sentencing for youth.
If you are interested in learning more about how to be involved in our work, one of us will be happy to speak with you.
Spiritual Direction is a discipline that has played a part in the lives of Christians since the earliest days of the church and has its roots in the tradition of the desert fathers and mothers who were sought out for spiritual guidance. Like other Christian disciplines, it helps us to listen and discover how God might be guiding us through the Holy Spirit.
If you have questions about spiritual direction, feel free to contact us. We are happy to speak with you.
Due to our current COVID safety protocols, all in-person retreats are suspended. Please check back for updates.