The Spiritual Health Center sponsors the Adeodatus Spiritual Support Group for ex inmates. This is a spiritual program helping those recently released from prison adjust to and remain in society through prayer, support and understanding of Christ. Meeting once a week in communal fellowship, it is the belief of Adeodatus that every person is good and worthy of another chance in life, and that in helping them we help their families and ourselves.
Please join us weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 P.M. at St. Rita’s Parish Rectory 1166 South Broad Street (at Ellsworth) in South Philadelphia. Use the rectory door on the left of the Church. Welome! (Call ahead 215-331-3640 to check for cancellation due to weather, etc.)
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Adeodatus, meaning “Gift of God,” was the name that Augustine and the woman he lived with as a teenager in the 4th century, chose for their son. Along with Augustine and his friend, Alypius, Adeodatus was baptized on Easter Sunday in Milan, Italy. Adeodatus died on their way back to Africa, probably at the age of seventeen. We have chosen his name for our support group for ex-inmates because many of them grow up in difficult circumstances like Adeodatus, and because we believe that everyone, no matter what their origins, is a “Gift of God.”