On the occasion of the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, patron of prisoners and penitentiary institutions, which took place last Monday, September 24, this morning an institutional act took place.
The Ministry of the Interior, through the Government Delegate in Murcia, Diego Conesa, has recognized the work of various prison officers of the Region of Murcia.
Among the winners was also the diocesan priest Antonio Sánchez Martínez, chaplain of the Murcia II Penitentiary Center, Campos del Río, for his work in that prison for eight years.
"I did not expect this recognition," says the priest.
The first thing is that if I have been there it is because the Church has sent me and because the Lord has been working for me so that my vocation as priest and pastor to the prisoners will grow.
So if they give me the plaque it's because, deep down, they recognize all of God's work in prison. "
Sanchez explains that "the prison world is very different, with a different poverty, and framed in a series of rules."
Among the many activities that the chaplaincy carries out in the prison is the announcement of the Gospel to the prisoners and the administration of the sacraments (mainly the Confession and the Eucharist) by the priests;
but not only that, but also to help and listen and, together with the nearly 40 volunteers of the Penitentiary Pastoral in this center, to carry out activities for the inmates.
"We give them clothes, because many of the inmates do not have them;
and we help the families in the displacement to the penitentiary center, because there is no way to reach Murcia for those who do not have a car, "the priest adds.
Source: Obispado de Cartagena