Thank you Trevor

At our recent Harvest Fast Day Mass, held at St Joseph’s Parish in Wolverhampton, we took the opportunity to thank and recognise the contribution of one of our longest serving volunteers, Trevor Stockton.

Trevor Papal blessing

Trevor being presented with his Papal blessing by Bishop David McGough

Trevor has been a CAFOD volunteer for very many years – according to our records since 1992 but Trevor will tell you that he was involved for many years before that, even before we had a CAFOD office in the Birmingham Archdiocese.

He’s had and still does a variety of roles, including:

  • Parish volunteer, in his parish of St Anthony of Padua.
  • School volunteer, visiting local schools to talk to young people about our work.
  • Deanery Coordinator, supporting other CAFOD volunteers locally.
  • He’s a passionate Campaign volunteer and has been involved in many lobbies and marches over the years, including Make Poverty History and the Jubilee Debt campaign, amongst many others.
  • Trevor also writes prayers, reflections, liturgy and songs for us, which I know he really enjoys and he has a great gift for. Until recently he organised our annual Fast Day Masses and he is currently busy organising our Mass of Remembrance being held on November 24th at St Anthony’s Parish in Wolverhampton.

Find details here about our Masses of Remembrance

There are so many ways in which Trevor has and still does support us that are too many to list. To mark the amazing and considerable contribution he has made to our work for more than 25 years Bishop David McGough presented Trevor with a special Papal blessing.

Thank you to Trevor and all our wonderful volunteers for the wonderful contribution they make and for standing in solidarity alongside our sisters and brothers in need around the world.

Find out how you can get involved in volunteering for CAFOD

 

CAFOD volunteers and supporters get inspired for Harvest Fast Day in Oxford

On Saturday 30 September, 20 CAFOD volunteers and supporters from the Oxford Deaneries gathered for an inspirational morning of learning, questioning and idea-sharing in preparation for Harvest Fast Day and the further development of parish activities.

Harvest 2017 Supporters’ Day Oxford Deaneries

CAFOD volunteer and Trustee John Guy writes :

Bishop William on Sudan and South Sudan

“The morning was the brainchild of CAFOD Coordinator, Debbie Purfield, who invited Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop responsible for the southern region of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, to introduce the day with fascinating insights into his work in Sudan and South Sudan. He described the role of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in supporting the Church in the two countries, and his particular role as former President of Caritas Europe in wider aspects of supporting the Peace and Justice in many war-torn countries.  He emphasized the important work and success of CAFOD as the official agency of the Bishops’ Conference for overseas development and its relationship to the wider international Caritas group; CAFOD is a widely-respected NGO and one of the few permitted to work in South Sudan by the Government.

Bishop William Kenney shares his experiences of Sudan and South Sudan

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