"But simply punishing the broken - walking away from them or hiding them from sight - only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity."

Bryan Stevenson

About Us

Joseph House is a nonprofit ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. We offer a range of services for accompanying our brothers and sisters leaving prison. We seek to support their complete restoration into our communities and neighborhoods.

While we are a Catholic mission, we seek to be sensitive to a diversity of ecumenical and interreligious needs and accept participants from all faith traditions or no particular faith tradition.

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All people share in a common humanity with fundamental rights.

We affirm that whatever their gifts or their limitations, all people share in a common humanity. The fact of our shared humanity means that there are fundamental rights of each person which include the right to life, to care, to a home, to education, and to work. We at Joseph House exist so that each of these rights are not only respected but that they become a reality. Furthermore, we are committed to recognizing that since the deepest need of a human being is to love and to be loved, each person has a right to friendship, to a hospitable community, and to a fully engaged social and political life.

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All persons need a safe environment.

We believe that in order for these rights to become more than an idea, all human persons need a safe environment that cultivates personal growth. They need to form relationships with others, with families, and communities. For this reason, Joseph House is dedicated to forming a community of advocates who will accompany our residents in their reintegration back into society. For this to happen they need to live in an atmosphere of trust, security and mutual support.
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Accompaniment is an act of social justice.

We believe that the work of accompaniment and reintegration requires a process of greater recognition of social injustices. By accompanying those formerly incarcerated into public spaces, we also believe our neighbors in free society are then given an opportunity to be welcoming, to risk connection, to be the presence of love for those seeking to return to community. We believe there is a misleading perception that the onus is all on the individual returning from prison to do the work of reintegrating back into society. The onus is also on all of us in free society to practice the work of accompaniment in the form of hospitality towards those rejoining. For this reason Joseph House is committed to opening our doors to the wider communities to witness our life together, to participate in some of our activities, and on occasion to share meals together.

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Fr. Dustin Feddon

Executive Director

Fr. Dustin Feddon is the Executive Director of Joseph House. He also serves in pastoral ministry to those incarcerated throughout North Florida. In his work among the incarcerated he focuses especially on the needs of those in solitary confinement.

Fr. Dustin serves at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Crawfordville and Sacred Heart in Lanark Village in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Fr. Dustin also teaches philosophy at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.

Maria Morrison

Clinical Director

Maria Morrison is the Clinical Director at Joseph House. She is also a Senior Social Worker at the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit human rights organization focused on ending mass incarceration, where she was worked for the past 10 years. 

Maria is also currently a PhD student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis where her research focuses on trauma among incarcerated men, trauma interventions, prison conditions, and reentry services.

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Board of Directors

Murdina Campbell, MSW

Tallahassee, FL 

Brian Cronin

Tallahassee, FL 

Dr. Sonya Cronin

Tallahassee, FL 

Fr. Dustin Feddon

Tallahassee, FL 

Dr. Mary Froehle

West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Steven Hammond

Tallahassee, FL

Dcn. Jerry Haynes

Tallahassee, FL 

Dr. Frank Pittenger

Baton Rouge, LA

Matthew Knee

Pensacola, FL 

Roger Luca

Tallahassee, FL 

Maria Morrison, MSW

St. Louis, MO

Ellen Murphy

Tallahassee, FL 

Ryan Petrillo

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Jill Piggott

Hope, ME

Dr. Kate Temoney

Montclair, NJ

Bishop William Wack

Pensacola, FL 

Graham Prichard

New Orleans, LA

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God bends down and uses us, you and me, to be his love and his compassion in the world; he bears our sins, our troubles and our faults. He depends on us to love the world and to show how much he loves it. If we are too concerned with ourselves, we will have no time left for others.

Mother Theresa