Friar Louie Vitale's Letters from Prison



Franciscan priest and Pace e Bene staff member Friar Louis Vitale, 78, began serving a six-month prison sentence on Monday, January 25 for nonviolent, prayerful protest calling for closure of the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia. On February 25 he was transferred from Crisp County Jail in Cordele, Georgia (where he spent his first  month after being processed briefly at Muscogee County Jail), to the US Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. He was then moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and now has arrived at his final destination at FCI Lompoc.  He will be released in July.  Here is his mailing address:

Louis Vitale #25803-048

FCI Lompoc

Federal Correctional Institution

3600 Guard Road

Lompoc, Ca  93436

Click here to see Friar Louie’s reflection on his life journey written in prison.  Visit this page regularly to see the latest correspondence from and about Friar Louie.


Letters from Friar Louie

January, 30, 2010: A Letter to the Pace e Bene Community

February 5, 2010: A Letter to LR Berger

February 7, 2010: Super Bowl Sunday

February 9, 2010: Court Day

February 11, 2010: Letter from Louie (via Sherri Maurin and David Hartsough)

February 16, 2010: Why I Chose the “Dustbin”

February 16, 2010: The First Days in Jail

February 18-19, 2010: The Eve of Lent

February 20-21, 201o: A Letter to Judith Kelly

February 22, 2010: Lightning East to West

February 25, 2010: How Can I Cope?

March 3, 2010: In Transit

March 12, 2010: California Bound in a Way Station in Atlanta

March 14, 2010: Penitent in a Penitentiary

March 22, 2010: Phone Call!

March 26, 2010: In Transit Again: “Con Air”

March 27-28, 2010: Let Go, Let God

April 3, 2010: Lent Comes to an End

April 20, 2010: Life at Lompoc

April 21, 2010: My Faith Journey

May 23, 2010: Pentecost - Why I Go to Jail

May 30, 2010: Memorial Day Weekend

June, 2010: The Tipping Point

June 15, 2010: Thank you!

July 4, 2010: Interdependence Day

August 21, 2010: Life Goes On

Reports about Friar Louie

February 10, 2010: Update from Sherri Maurin

February 19, 2010: Update from Fr. Bob Cushing III