Prison Ministry

Over 85,000 men and women are in prison in England and Wales today - an estimated 15,000 are Catholics. Every prison and young offender institution is visited by a Catholic chaplain, as well as other chaplains, at least once a week and many have a daily witness. The Church has an unbroken history, through the centuries and across the world, of visiting those in prison. In this section, you can read the Bishops' 2004 document 'A Place of Redemption', find out more about the work of our Prisons Adviser, Fr Roger Reader, and browse to some useful links and downloads.


Bishop for Prisons

The liaison Bishop for Prisons is the Rt Rev Richard Moth who's the Catholic Bishop of the Forces. Bishop Moth succeeded Bishop Terence Brain of Salford in l...Read more


Prisons Adviser

A profile of Fr Paul Douthwaite - the National Catholic Chaplain for Prisons. Fr Douthwaite, Catholic Chaplain to HM Prison Frankland, succeeded Monsignor Ro...Read more


Bishops' Document

A summary of the 2004 Bishops' document 'A Place of Redemption' - A Christian approach to Punishment and Prison. Read more