Country Reps share their stories

CAFOD Northampton

We held a day of reflection and sharing on the theme of encounter and dialogue which volunteers and staff together with three Country Reps (CR):

  • Dominic Carroll – CR for Bangladesh and Afghanistan based in London,
  • Kayode Akintola – CR for Sierra Leone and Liberia based in Freetown
  • Conor Molloy – CR for Ethiopia based in Addis Ababa.

It was a great opportunity to share stories and experiences and learning about our partners and their communities.

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Susy Brouard from theology facilitated the day and we started off with reflecting on the gospel passage and paintings of the anointing of the Jesus’ feet.  Our three CRs were then invited to share stories

Kayode shares his stories

Kayode mentioned how difficult it was for him to return to Sierra Leone with his family when the Ebola crisis happened. What changed his mind was the local people saying to…

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St Gregory’s primary school, Stratford-upon-Avon create homemade Lampedusa Crosses

On 16 June, CAFOD Volunteer Betty Fleetwood visited St Gregory’s Junior School, Stratford-upon-Avon to share the story of the Lampedusa Cross .

The children then wrote messages of hope to be shared with refugees around the world and in the UK, and created their own Lampedusa Crosses.

Thank-you to all for such moving and touching contributions.

Lampedusa Crosses, St Gregory's Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon

If  you would like to host a Lampedusa Cross in your parish or school, do contact the Birmingham Volunteer Centre on birmingham@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944.

 

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of a CAFOD School Volunteer

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School Volunteer David Worrall  

David Worrall from Stoke is one of our team of School Volunteers.  He recently visited St Giles School in Cheadle to take part in their Vocations Day:

 ‘The day started with Mass and then I took workshops throughout the day with Reception, Years 1,2,3 and 5. I presented the ‘Rough Guide to CAFOD’ as a workshop and adapted it to make it relevant to vocations. As an example of vocations I added the Lent Fast Day story of Florence and her success as a Fish Farmer fulfilling her own vocation. Building on this, I finished the day with the Power to be Primary School Assembly showing how the town and district were fulfilling their own vocations with the help of CAFOD’s renewable energy through solar panels. It was a very successful and rewarding day, if tiring!’

‘Afterwards I was handed a lovely thank you card with some very moving prayers from the children which I think prove that CAFOD’s work in schools is essential and makes such a difference.’

A big thank you to all the pupils at St Giles for their support and prayers, some of which are below: 

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Prayer 3

Prayer 4Prayer 5

Find out more on our website about being a CAFOD School Volunteer or contact Julia on 01922 722944, jhood@cafod.org.uk