Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

The monthly prayer vigil is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3.00pm at the barrier to the DIRC continues. The purpose is to pray for the women who are detained there, to stand in solidarity with them and to witness by our presence that their detention is inhumane, unjust and incompatible with our faith, which calls us to recognise the unique dignity of each person. All are welcome to come along to a short prayer service which incorporates a time of silence.

Our next vigil will be on Sunday 4 June at 3.00pm at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, Medomsley DH8 6QY. It would be wonderful if you could join us there, but if not, perhaps you would consider joining us in prayer from home. The revised prayer vigil booklet can be found here.

For more details about the prayer vigils, please email:

National Justice & Peace Network Annual Conference

The Diocesan Justice & Peace co-ordinating council is affiliated to the National Justice and Peace Network. Each year the national network has a conference at the Hayes Centre in Derbyshire. It’s a fantastic weekend, with high quality speakers and excellent ensuite accommodation in a beautiful setting. This year it runs from the evening of Friday 21 to the afternoon of Sunday 23 July.

The theme this year  is ‘Sustainability? Survival or Shutdown’ and it hopes to address issues crucial to the common good and the well-being of all creation. Echoing the words of Pope Francis, all issues are interconnected, as well as the environment and especially the impact of climate change, we must consider the need for just and peaceful conflict resolution, economic justice, and stability. A key issue identified at Conference 2022 was the need for truth and integrity in political and social engagement, good governance in all seats of power; local, national, and global.

The conference usually has about 200 attendees from across the UK and many organisations are involved, including CAFOD, Pax Christi and Christians Aware.

There are children’s and young people’s activities on the theme of the conference.

There are already about 10 people from the Diocese attending and if more people are interested in attending, we could look at sorting out car shares to travel there together.

If you would like to read up more about it and download a booking form please visit:

Please email Liz Archibald if you would like more information or an informal chat about it.