Murcia, Spain, May 30, 2019 / 13:59 pm America/Denver (CNA).
In one his first acts following his ordination as bishop, a prelate in Spain confirmed 62 inmates at the Murcia II Penitentiary Center in the town of Campos del Río.
The Sacrament of Confirmation was received by 50 men and 12 women in the prison. According to the Diocese of Cartagena-Murcia, this was the first time the sacrament was conferred inside the penitentiary.
The May 18 visit to the prison marked the first Confirmations celebrated by Bishop Sebastián Chico since his ordination as bishop one week prior.
Before beginning the Confirmation, the bishop personally received in the assembly hall each of the inmates that was going to receive the sacrament.
Fr. Antonio Sánchez, one of the chaplains at the penitentiary center, said the bishop set aside the homily that he had prepared in order to speak extemporaneously, “so his words would come from the heart.”