A chaplain’s presence can have a calming and peaceful effect in prisons. In times of loneliness and despair, a chaplain can be well positioned to be an independent, compassionate advocate.
There is a Catholic prison chaplain in all New Zealand public prisons. Traditionally this service was carried out by priests but now it includes religious sisters and brothers and lay chaplains. The service is supported in full by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops and the Department of Corrections, and works along side other Christian chaplain groups.
In a typical week chaplains will conduct prayer and sacramental liturgies, Bible studies and help organise religious programmes such as Seasons for Growth.
Rimutaka and Arohata Prisons
David Wootton, Phone (04) 529 0860