John Pridmore – Gangland to Promiseland

John’s Background

Born in London, John started stealing at the age of 13, by 15 he was in a youth prison. After being released he found himself back in prison at the age of 19, with 23 hours a day spent in solitary confinement. John once released from prison, began bouncing around the east end and west end of London, being paid to fight. John hit a turning point outside a club one night when he thought he had nearly killed a man who had failed to pay a debt. From that night his life changed. After his conversion in 1992, he joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and met St. Mother Theresa. They helped him to love again, and use his story to help others. He speaks to students everywhere about a life free from violence and drugs, where they can use their gifts to help each other.

John is in the Diocese of Christchurch during August and September 2019 speaking to parishes, schools and various other groups. There are lots of opportunities to see John and hear his amazing story. Check out below for all the different events.

Events where John is speaking

Parish Mission with the Catholic Parish of Timaru, August 26th – 28th at St Thomas’ Church. Contact Mary on for more details.

Carmel Youth Mass, Sunday September 1st at 6.30pm at the Carmelite Monastery, 52 Halswell Road (John will be speaking after Mass)

Parish Mission with the Catholic Parish of Burnside, September 2nd – 4th at Christ the King Church. Contact Melonie on 358-2611 for more details.

Adoration Retreat, Saturday September 7th, 9am-12.30pm at St Gregory’s Parish Centre, Bishopdale. Contact Matt on  366-9869 or for more details

Wilder Adoration and Worship Night for youth and young adults, Saturday September 14th at 6.30pm, Catherine McAuley Centre, Villa Maria College, contact Sam Sivertsen on 027 634 2770

Public Event “From Gangland to Promised Land” Monday 16th  September, 7pm. Change of venue. Now open and free to the Public at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from international speaker and best-selling author John Pridmore with his extraordinary story of coming from the underground of London ganglands to the Catholic faith. No tickets required just turn up.

Parish Mission with the Catholic Parish of Mairehau, September 23rd – 25th at St Francis of Assisi School Hall. The Mission starts each day with 9:15am Mass and 7:30pm evening sessions. No tickets required just turn up. Contact Matt on  366-9869 or for more details