Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Constructing Chapel in Prison to Provide “solace” to Inmates

Bishop Stephen Mamza of Yola Diocese in Nigeria laying the foundation for a Chapel for Prison Inmates at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center. Credit: Yola Diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria is constructing a Chapel at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center to provide a place of worship and solace to inmates.

Speaking during the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the Chapel on Tuesday, December 5, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Yola expressed optimism that the facility will help restore the faith of the inmates.

“This initiative is aimed at providing a place of worship and solace for the inmates, offering them spiritual support and guidance as they serve their sentences,” Bishop Mamza said.

The Nigerian Catholic Bishop added, “The construction of the Chapel represents an act of compassion and faith, demonstrating our commitment to the rehabilitation and spiritual well-being of those who have been incarcerated.”

He explained that many of the inmates at the correctional facility come from marginalized and disadvantaged backgrounds, and that their stay at the facility compounds their isolation.


“Recognizing the need for spiritual nourishment and moral support is a compelling need to address within the prison community," Bishop Mamza said.

The Nigerian Bishop who has been recognized widely for his peace initiatives in the West African nation said, the Chapel will also serve “as a symbol of hope and resilience.”

“The construction of the Chapel represents a tangible investment in the well-being of the inmates, signifying a commitment to their holistic rehabilitation and reintegration into society. By providing a space for religious observance and reflection will give the inmates a sense of purpose and belonging,”  Bishop Mamza said.

The Catholic Bishop who has been at the helm of Yola Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in April 2011 further said, “The construction of the Chapel at Yolde Pate Prison is not only an expression of compassion but also a demonstration of the transformative power of faith.”

“It provides a space for inmates to practice their religious beliefs, seek forgiveness, and find hope for the future. By creating a conducive environment for spiritual reflection and worship, the Chapel offers an opportunity for rehabilitation and personal growth among the incarcerated individuals,” Bishop Mamza said.

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Abah Anthony John is a Nigerian Journalist with great enthusiasm and interest for Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. He has vast experience in Print,  Electronic and Multi-Media Production.