From the Revd Janet Fife
Sir, — I am delighted to read of Bradford’s new court chaplaincy (News, 8 May). Some years ago, when I was a university chaplain, a student of ours was murdered. I supported her family and friends through the three-week Crown Court trial, and found many people anxious to speak to a chaplain.
These included police, court officials, and defendants and victims from other trials as well as the people I was there to support.
It is not surprising: in courts, the the mind is wonderfully concentrated on issues of life, death, truth, lies, guilt, punishment, and forgiveness — and hours are spent waiting around.
This is an opportunity for mission and ministry the Church must not miss, and I spent some months vainly trying to persuade church leaders of the need. Bravo the Bradford chaplaincy, and long may it thrive.
Cheshire SK10 3HT