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Meeting God in an unexpected place

Former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken talks to magnet editor Clare O’Driscoll about prison and his journey to Christian faith

Meeting God in an unexpected place

Jonathan was ordained in June 2018 and is now curate at St Matthew’s Westminster as well as prison chaplain at Pentonville.

Jonathan was ordained in June 2018 and is now curate at St Matthew’s Westminster as well as prison chaplain at Pentonville.

Were you brought up with any kind of Christian input?

My parents were somewhat lukewarm Christians. We did go to church, I sang in the choir and my grandmother was a devout Christian. Early in life I had a Christian upbringing of an unusual kind. I spent three-and-a-half years in a TB hospital in Ireland, nursed by nuns. The Mother Superior used to pray at the edge of my bed. It made a great impact.

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