Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

Our prayer vigils continue on the first Sunday of each month with our next one on Sunday 5 May at 3.00pm – 3.45pm at the barrier to the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, Medomsley DH8 6QY.

Currently, the centre has capacity for 80 women, but we believe It is likely that the capacity will increase as the realities of the Illegal Migration Bill are felt. It is also to change to become a facility for men. We believe we need a fairer asylum system which does not criminalise people for seeking sanctuary.

If you cannot attend in person, perhaps you could join us in prayer from home. There is an online version of the vigil on the Diocesan website which you can find here.

You can download our most recent booklet with the prayers and readings we use here.

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Justice and Peace newsletter

Our most recent newsletter can be read here. It includes details of this year’s annual National Justice and Peace conference at the Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. The topic “Just Politics” is particularly relevant this year with a general election looming. Please email:, if you want more information.

Several people from the Diocese are intending to be there and there are possibilities for car sharing to make travelling there easier and more affordable.

National Justice and Peace network (NJPN) AGM and Open Networking Day

The National Justice and Peace Network AGM and open networking day will be held in London at Romero House, on Saturday 11 May. Margaret-Ann Fisken, former chair of CARJ, will be speaking on the new legal definition of extremism and what it will mean in practice. Please download the poster here for more details or visit our event listing here.