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  • Society of Saint John DeMatha

    The Society of St. John DeMatha is a Catholic faith based 501 (3) (c) that was formed in 2014 by Deacon Al Bothe and several other St. Laurence parishioners to assist the inmates at Jester 3 prison and other facilities to make a successful transition – spiritually, emotionally and financially – to a life outside of prison.
  • Information on the Ministry

    Before 2010,   Founder Deacon Al Bothe felt a call from the Holy Spirit that the Church needed to re-connect itself with the poor.

    The original vision leading to the Society was a deep calling for the Church to say "I Love You" to the poor, to touch them, and over time it came to include helping prisoners find housing. Thus the Society of St. John DeMatha Ministry  was formed.

  •  Cardinal DiNardo and SSJD Board of Directors

    Cardinal DiNardo and the Society of Saint John DeMatha Board of Directors- Not present Sally Flowers and Carlos Ludert.

  • Our Vision

    To expand services throughout the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by expanding membership to other parishes in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

  •         St. John DeMatha

    Born on June 23, 1160 in Provence, lived as a hermit for a time, received his Doctorate in Theology in Paris, ordained in 1197 in Paris, founded the Order of the Most Holy Trinity in 1198 to ransom Christian prisoners from the Muslims. He died in Rome on December 17, 1213.
    Feast Day- February 8th.

    Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity for the Imprisoned,