Prisoners’ Week began in England and Wales in 1975. The Prisoners’ Week Committee, consisting of Prison Chaplains and other Christians involved in work with prisoners and their families, was formed to encourage prayer within churches and the wider Christian community for the needs of prisoners. They did this by producing a prayer and information leaflet for use each year on the third Sunday in November, designated Prisoners’ Sunday, with Prisons Week observed until the following Saturday. It had its beginnings as a Catholic initiative by Bishop Victor Guazzelli, but quickly gained ecumenical support and became an ecumenical observance. In 1995, seeking to focus attention not only on the needs of prisoners, but on all those involved in the field of prison care, prisoners’ families, victims of crime, prison staff and many volunteers, the week became known as Prisons Week. The primary aim of Prisons Week remains unchanged, that is, to pray for and raise awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of offenders, prison staff and all those who care.
I write these few words as we welcome Fr Roger Reader as the new Catholic Bishops’ Prisons Adviser and say "farewell" to Mgr Malachy Keegan who returns to pa...Read more
This Sunday, 17 November, is Prisoners’ Sunday, a day of prayer, reflection and action for prisoners, ex-offenders, their children and families, victims of c...Read more