Statement of Encouragement and Thanks to Healthcare and Prison Chaplains
The following Statement was agreed at our Bishops Conference:
“Since the Spring we have faced some serious challenges in our country: for some the loss of a loved one, of a livelihood, of contact with friends and family. As a Catholic community we have also suffered the closure of our churches for communal worship and fellowship. Particular challenges have been in caring for the sick and dying in our hospitals and care homes, and for those in prisons where access has not always been easy or indeed possible.
While the Bishops are thankful to all healthcare staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic, we would like to acknowledge the work of our healthcare chaplains. Bringing the solace of the Sacraments and praying with the sick, spending time with families and supporting medical staff has been and continues to be greatly valued across the healthcare sector and beyond.
We understand from our chaplains how difficult conditions are in prisons at this time. The role of the prison chaplain brings consolation to many of those who can suffer from isolation, mental difficulties and fear. They also support prison staff and all who work in this sector. Their presence is a true sign of the Gospel.
We encourage all our chaplains to persevere in their vital and varied ministries and thank them for all they do in bringing the hope and peace of Our Lord to those in need.”
Please share this with all our Healthcare and Prison Chaplains, with my own personal thanks for all that they do for some of our most vulnerable members.