Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

The next Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the barrier to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (Corbridge Road, Medomsley DH8 6QY) will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 3 December. Please join us to pray for the women detained there.

We understand that from January, the centre will be changing to detain men, although this stage we are unsure whether women will also continue to be detained. Generally, between 30 and 40 people meet to pray for those in detention. If you cannot join us in person, please consider joining us in prayer from your own home.

The prayer vigil booklet can be found here.

The AGM of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council:

The AGM of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council will be held on Saturday 13 January 2024 in the conference room at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle (formerly the Mercy Hub). We will be joined by Sir John Battle who was a Labour party Member of Parliament for 1987 to 2010. A committed Catholic, John frequently speaks on issues around Catholic Social Teaching and is chair of the Justice and Peace Commission for Leeds Diocese. He will be speaking to us about integrity in church and public life. The meeting in Newcastle will last from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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Migration and Christian Ethics

At 7.00pm on Thursday 7 December at St Augustine’s Church, Darlington DL3 7RG, there will be an evening of dialogue around Migration and Christian Ethics, which we would like to encourage people to attend.

The format will be:

  • Keynote address: Prof. Anna Rowlands (Hild Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice, Durham University)
  • First Respondent: Mr Peter Gibson MP
  • Second Respondent: Canon Prof Nicholas Sagovsky
  • Moderator: Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond

This event, organised by concerned members of St Augustine’s Church, will be an opportunity to think more deeply about the moral implications of the current immigration debate and to learn something of what the Christian tradition has to contribute to that debate.

All are welcome.