PACT is the national Catholic charity providing support to prisoners and their families. It is good to know that Pact is there for people of all faiths and none. We are all encouraged to play our part in this work of the Gospel for the common good of all, especially on Sunday 8th October 2023: Prisoners' Sunday.
Archbishop Wilson serves as the Vice President of Pact (The Prison Advice and Care Trust) and the charity operates in 11 prisons and 4 courts within the Archdiocese, as well as in the community.
Canon Michael Branch, Dean of St George's Cathedral, will be welcoming a number of Pact Staff and celebrating Mass at St George's Cathedral on the day: all are welcome to join him in person or online (please see the livestream link at the bottom of this article or click here).
Resources will be available in every parish to help mark the date and pray for those within the justice system, as well as enable everyone to show their support for the charity's work in response to Jesus’ call, ‘I was in prison and you visited me.’ Online resources are also available: please click the link below.
Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ, in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day.