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Bishops visit prisons over Christmas

4 months ago

As they have done for many years now, the Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark will be 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 HMP Brixton; the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, will be at HMP Wandsworth and the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, will be at HMP High Down. Two of the Honorary Assistant Bishops in the Diocese will also be taking services over Christmas – the Rt Revd Michael Doe at HMP Belmarsh and the Rt Revd Dr David Atkinson at the Young Offender Institution Isis. 

Bishop Christopher says, ‘It is good that, while we celebrate the joy of the coming of the Christ Child we also reflect on the loneliness of this time for those who find themselves in prison and the mutual isolation for family and friends at this time. It is harder perhaps for them on this day than on any other as no one is permitted to visit and they are in their cells for much of the day. We also remember with great gratitude the dedication of the staff of all these institutions who do great work in increasingly trying circumstances’

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.