Chico confirms 62 inmates of the Campos del Río prison]
Last Saturday, the Murcia II Penitentiary Center, in Campos del Río, hosted, for the first time, the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation.
The auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Cartagena, Bishop Sebastián Chico Martínez, administered this sacrament to 62 inmates who confirmed their faith.
Before the celebration began, Bishop Chico Martinez received personally in the assembly hall (where the mass was held) to each of the inmates who were to be confirmed.
The chaplains of this penitentiary center thanked the Auxiliary Bishop for their attendance, reminding him that his presence "gave hope, strength and served as recognition to these people".
During the Eucharist, in which the prison choir also participated, the auxiliary Bishop of Cartagena reminded the inmates that they and the jail are important for the Church.
"Then he left aside the homily he had prepared and wanted his words to come from the heart," explains Antonio Sánchez, chaplain of the Murcia II Penitentiary Center, who also affirms that Mons. Chico "repeated them, by active and passive , that they did not lose hope, that they dared to dream because their life was not marked by mistakes but by their dreams, and God dreams of them ".
At the end of the Eucharist the inmates wished to express their gratitude to the auxiliary Bishop for choosing this prison as his first destiny to administer the sacrament of Confirmation as bishop.
"They gave him a prayer, a rap type rhyme and they gave him a present, from all the confirmed ones, that consisted of a basket of flowers made with bread crumbs that had been voluntarily given by another Muslim inmate," explains the chaplain.
After the celebration there was a festive meeting to which the management and the heads of service of the penitentiary center joined.
Finally, the prison chaplains appreciated the collaboration of the center and the volunteers of Pastoral Penitenciaria - who, together with the chaplains and two seminarians, acted as sponsors - to carry out the celebration.
"Although it was complicated, we believe it has been worthwhile because we have felt the presence of God and how, through this sacrament, He has been able to reach many people," emphasizes Antonio Sánchez.
Source: Obispado de Cartagena