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Bishops visit Prisons over Christmas

1 month ago

For many years now the Bishops of the Diocese have been spending time in the prisons in the Diocese over Christmas and this year is no exception.

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will lead Christmas services at HM Prison Wandsworth; the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, will be at HM Prison Brixton and the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Karowei Dorgu, will be at HM Prison Belmarsh.  Bishop Karowei will also take a service at the Young Offenders’ Institution Isis on Christmas Eve. Also on Christmas Eve, the Rt Revd Michael Doe, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese, will take a service at HM Prison Thameside.

Bishop Christopher says, ‘I am grateful that my Episcopal colleagues and I can go into the prisons and young offenders institutions in the Diocese to take part in Christmas worship and meet with prisoners, officers and chaplaincy teams.  Christmas accentuates the isolation of those in prison, away from their families and friends.  Please pray for our prison communities throughout the country but especially for those in our Diocese where cuts in staffing have taken a considerable toll in recent years.’

Bishop Christopher will preach and preside at Midnight Mass at Southwark Cathedral on Christmas Eve and the other Bishops will also be celebrating with congregations in other churches in the Diocese.