Forty Weeks ~ Letters from Prison

The Forty Weeks ~ Letters from Prison Program:

  • Provides a powerful Ignatian spiritual resource for families with incarcerated members
  • Can augment any local prison ministry faith formation program (RCIA/Retreats)
  • Will help inmates begin the healing process and find Christ—a deep, personal encounter with Christ that is life-changing.
  • Can help parishes form prison pen-pal programs for your local institutions
  • Will encourage and teach people to pray daily (Ignatian Examen) and receive Reconciliation frequently.
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Ministry Music from Paul Cardall’s Worth of Souls (password is sacredmusic)
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Serving Christ in the Incarcerated

Forty Weeks ~ Letters from Prison, was a graced project. Ritchie Roman, a federal inmate wrote to Fr. Bill Watson seeking spiritual guidance. Fr. Bill made a compact with Ritchie that if he did the whole program and wrote letters each month, Fr. Bill would provide the spiritual guidance he sought IF Ritchie would allow the correspondence to be the basis for a new Forty Weeks version for the incarcerated. Use this program and see how you can deepen and intensive all your pastoral services to Christ for the incarcerated.

The Knights of Malta Prison Pen Pal Program for both The Federal and American associations of the Order have adopted Forty Weeks ~ Letters from Prison, as an official book for their ministry. The Catholic Mobilizing Network will list Forty Weeks ~ Letters from Prison as a major resource on their new website. Kolbe Prison Ministries in Texas is using the program as are numerous other prison ministries across the nation.

Order 50 or more books at 40% discount and sell them at a small margin to support your prison ministry needs.


Experiencing the love that bases the existence of every human being is the purpose of St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. I found a strong confirmation in the story told in Ritchie’s letters from prison. Reading them is an invitation to travel that path open to every human being. It is an invitation to open the doors to the spiritual path that leads to the encounter with Jesus Christ.
Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Prisoners welcome letters. Now you have an abundance of mail.
Fr. Stephen Barber, S.J., Chaplain Emeritus, San Quentin State Prison

Find your own voice and story through the journey of this book.
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., Founder: Homeboy Industries; author of Tattoos on the Heart

The knowledge of God through direct experience is available to anyone who seeks it regardless of past actions or present circumstances.
Michael Brown – author of The Presence Process 

Take a chance like Ritchie did on a lifelong relationship with God.
Karen Clifton: Director Catholic Mobilizing Network

FORTY WEEKS provide a sure and steady path to an experience of God’s unconditional love.
Rick Deshaies, S.J. Chair: American Catholic Correctional Chaplains

As a person who has worked with the incarcerated for many years, I say: Read this book. It will touch the secrets of your heart!
Michael E. Kennedy, SJ:  Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative

This beautiful book…helps us understand how God’s mercy never abandons anyone.
James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide.

For all of us incarcerated in the self-constructed prisons of our minds.
Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Use FORTY WEEKS to share your story, own your story, live your story.
Zachariah F. Presutti SJ, LMSW, Thrive for Life Prison Project

May your journey with FORTY WEEKS bring true freedom in Christ!
Fr. George Williams, S.J., Catholic Chaplain, San Quentin State Prison


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