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Bishops in prisons over Christmas

2 years, 3 months ago

The Diocese of Southwark is home to a number of prisons and a young offenders’ institution and each year the Bishops of the Diocese visit them over the Christmas period.

This year, on Christmas Day, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will lead services at HM Prison Belmarsh; the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, will be at HM Prison Wandsworth; the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark will be at HM Prison Brixton and the Rt Revd Michael Doe, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese, will take a service at the Young Offenders’ Institution, HM Prison Isis.  Bishop Christopher will also take a service at HM Prison Thameside on Christmas Eve.

Bishop Christopher says, “For many years now Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark have visited prisons at Christmas to share with those who want to give thanks for Christ’s birth. Many people in prison find Christmas a particularly difficult time, as they are separated from their relatives and loved ones. We hope that our visits will help them to hear some of the Good News that Christ came to bring to us all”.

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.