REMEMBER IPCA PRAYER DAY 25 AUGUST 2017
Program from IPCA North America
IPCA Europe is one of six regions in IPCA Worldwide, and is represented in the IPCA Worldwide steering committee. Other regions are Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America and Latin America & the Carribean.
Visit IPCA Worldwide for more information.
Photos from IPCA World conference in Sydney 19-24 September 2015 on IPCA Oceania Facebook.
IPCA-Europe helps Prison Chaplains throughout Europe to connect with one another in order to deliver an effective and professional ministry to prisons. It also aims to support all Chaplains regardless of race, gender and religion.
Revd Alan Ogier, former chairman of IPCA Europe, has died.
In IPCA Europe conference 2008 in Springe, Germany, Alan was elected to IPCA Europe steering committee, and led the work in a good companionship with Wim Timmer from the Netherlands. The two of them were co-chairs of IPCA Europe up to the IPCA conference in Sambata de Sous, Romania, 2012, when they handed over to the present leadership.
Alan was very active in the planning of the conference in Sambata, and through his contacts Richard Rohr was invited and accepted to be the main speaker in the conference with the theme Strengthening the Soul.
Many people who have met Alan Ogier in IPCA over the years give similar testimonies:
he was a gentle person who saw everybody;
he was a warm person caring about people;
he was a very engaged person focusing on restorative justice;
he was a listener who wanted everybody to get the chance to share their opinion in important matters.
Alan served as Superintendent of Methodist/Free Church Prison Chaplains for many years.
Alan Ogier left his engagement in IPCA Europe after the conference in Sambata 2012 because of health issues. He died the 21 January 2017.
In thankful memory of a beloved and appreciated colleague and friend, we include his family in our prayers.
IPCA EUROPE CONFERENCE
TUESDAY 12TH – FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Magdalene College, Cambridge
helps European Prison Chaplains connect with one another in order to deliver an effective and professional ministry to prisons.
Anyone with a concern for prison chaplaincy is invited to attend this conference.
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"On November 6th 2016, a Swedish ecumenical delegation, all connected to IPCA, attended a mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. 3000 prisoners, relatives, volunteers, prison staff and prison chaplains from twelve countries were gathered. The mass was a part of the jubilee year of Mercy, focusing on prisoners. The Swedish delegation consisted of chaplain generals Susanne Rodmar (representing Europe in IPCA worldwide steering committee) and Margaret Säfwenberg (member of IPCA Europe steering committee), the chairman of IPCA Sweden, Bengt Ekelund, and the coordinator of the Catholic prison Pastoral Care in Sweden Stefan Nordström. Margaret Säfwenberg also had a personal meeting with Pope Francis.
In his homily, the pope said that every time he comes to a prison, he asks himself: "Why them and not me?" He pointed out that each of us can make mistakes. The Pope emphasized that it is possible to change his or her life, and that it is therefore always important to hold on to hope. This applies to individuals as well as society. "