Order of Friars Minor in Great Britain

Quentin celebrating Mass in the prison (2)

  No words are adequate. Francis could not heal the lepers, or make society react in more Christian fashion. He kept company with them. I have found this to be the task of a chaplain or prison visitor. They

"When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?" And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:39-40).

need the presence of someone who does not judge, but cares; someone who keeps coming back when they behave badly; someone who shows by his company that he detects the good in them, when they have lost all sense of their own worth. They tell me I am good at it. I don’t know. I had no real training. I simply do what comes naturally for a Franciscan, but that seems to work.
I am often asked if it is depressing, dangerous, frustrating. I can only report that, of the many jobs I have been fortunate to receive as a friar, it is by far the most satisfying and rewarding. I heartily recommend it.

(Article by Br Quentin Jackson OFM)
Permission was granted by Prison staff and inmates for the use of photographs

Quentin celebrating Mass in the prison (1)