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Mobster-turned-minister brings message of hope to Cook County inmates

CHICAGO – Micahel Franzese is a mobster turned minister.

He was a captain in the New York mob and a made member of the infamous Colombo crime family. According to one report, he made more money for a crime family than anyone since Al Capone.

Franzese turned his back on a life of crime to embrace a higher power.

He brought his message of peace and hope to a notoriously dangerous part of the Cook County jail. The inmates in the notorious Division 9 are gang members, drug dealers and killers.

Michael spent 10 years in a place just like it, before finding his faith and turning his life around.

He’s hoping to inspire others to do the same.