Prisons Week service to be held at St John’s in Norwich

Buckden and Prison ministry: In July the Buckden community informed that the Bishop of East Anglia had contacted them about the possibility of a Claretian being made available to respond to a request for a Catholic Chaplain at Peterborough Prison. It is apparently the first time such a request has been made of the Catholic Church in the UK and the Bishops were urgently trying to find someone before the church would have been passed over for a chaplain from another denomination. After discussing the issue with the members of the community and it was agreed to put Paul Peter’s name forward for the recruitment process which went ahead and he is now helping part time until Christmas when he will take up a full-time post.

An ecumenical Prisons Week Service is to be held at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Sunday October 14 at 3pm.

New Prison Fellowship co-ordinator for Norwich, Joan Macinnes, said: “Fr Paulinus Hegg, the Managing Chaplain at HMP Norwich asked if St John’s would host the service this year which the dean Canon David Paul was happy to do.

“It’s an ecumenical service and is believed to be the first time it has been held at St John’s. The service marks the beginning of Prisons Week, an initiative which began in the Catholic Church some 40 years ago and spread to other denominations.  It also marks the reforming in Norwich of the Prison Fellowship, whose purpose is to support the local prison in prayer and other works undertaken by Prison Fellowship UK.”

The service will take the form of Evening Prayer will be led by Canon Paul with readings of the psalms by the Governing Governor of HMP Norwich, Declan Moore, who is himself a Catholic; Ursula Edwards, the Catholic Chaplain at HMP Norwich and Susan Carne, the Community Chaplain. The homily will be given by Fr Paulinus who is an Orthodox priest.

Refreshments will be served in the Narthex after the service.

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