CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND PRISON PASTORAL WORK
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Flourishing Inside website, and the publication of the project report, Flourishing Inside?: Catholic Social Thought and Prison Pastoral Work. The site and report arise from the Flourishing Inside project led by Dr Elizabeth Phillips during her year as the Margaret Beaufort Institute’s 2020 Research Fellow, with oversight from Director of Research, Dr Férdia Stone-Davis, generously funded by The Charles Plater Trust. The project asked the questions: What do incarcerated people need from pastoral workers? What resources do pastoral workers need? How can they work best within the prison system? What can Catholic social thought contribute? And how can Catholic social thought be enhanced from listening to the prison context? These questions were explored through: listening to experiences from inside prisons through a focus group event with practitioners and individual interviews with former prison residents; analysing introductions to and resources for learning Catholic social thought; and analysing previous research on prison chaplaincy in particular, as well as chaplaincy more generally and religion in prisons more broadly.
We invite you to explore the resources on the website, the findings in the full report, and to express your interest in the future events arising from the project, including: an away day for lay women working in prison pastoral care, a series of short courses on aspects of prison chaplaincy (with bursaries available), and a new module in Catholic Social Thought which will be added to the ARU MA offerings in the coming year.
Please share this with your own networks and contacts who work in or research prisons, chaplaincy, and/or Catholic social thought; we hope to see wide access to the report, resources, and questions raised for further work.