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 educational programmes such as Seasons for Growth which aims to deepen understanding of the impact of grief and loss on an individual's life.
Rimutaka and Arohata Prisons - Falefou Sio
04 529 0860 DDI at Rimutaka Prison