Prisoners’ Sunday marks the first day of the ecumenical Prisons Week, a week of prayer which raises awareness of issues faced by those affected by the criminal justice system.
Sunday 9th October 2022 is Prisoners' Sunday
Archbishop John Wilson will be celebrating Prisoners' Sunday as the Vice President of PACT, the Prison Advice and Care Trust. All are welcome to join him in St George's Cathedral on the day at 10 am.
PACT, the Prison Advice and Care Trust is the national Catholic charity supporting prisoners and their families, and works in many of the prisons and in the community.
Today, Christians of all denominations are asked to pray for prisoners and their dependents. It is a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and children. Prisoners’ Sunday is the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment.
Prisoners’ families, prisoners and people with previous convictions often find themselves on the margins of society due to the social stigma associated with imprisonment. They are often forgotten or come lower down on the list of causes to ‘hold a hand out to’. But the gospel of Matthew 25: 36 - 'I was in prison and you visited me' - reminds us of our duties towards them:
Pact’s work embodies the Christian value of mercy and belief in the innate dignity of every human being. Through this campaign we are asked to engage with a core element of Catholic social teaching and put our faith into action.
View this incredible poem by Lewis, in which he speaks about going down the wrong path, conviction, imprisonment and eventually finding redemption and the right path through Jesus.