CAFOD volunteers and supporters gather in Rugby deanery to hear Bishop William share his experience of CAFOD’s work in Sudan and South Sudan

Bishop Kenney talk

A very big thank-you to all our brilliant Volunteers and Supporters who joined us in Rugby to hear Bishop William share his experience of CAFOD’s work in Sudan and South Sudan . Thank-you for all your energy, enthusiasm and thoughtful questions. Thank-you very much also to Bishop William for such a thought-provoking, moving and insightful talk.

CAFOD volunteer, Brian Davies, shares his experience of the evening:

CAFOD’s evening on 28th September with Bishop Kenney at Sacred Heart, Bilton, produced a turnout of about 40 people including many from neighbouring parishes and even a few from other deaneries. Bishop William presented a frank report on the long-lasting conflict in South Sudan since its separation from Sudan in 2011.

What was most striking about the report was that there was little hope for a way forward. At least he is still able to visit and report on the needs of the country and see the work of  CAFOD there, providing vital humanitarian relief, and supporting the Catholic Bishops and leaders from other churches who are pushing the political leaders for peace. At the moment these leaders are giving the only hope to the people and for finding a way to rebuild one of the poorest countries in the world.’

Severe drought and conflict in South Sudan have left millions of vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid.

Find out about CAFOD’s work in South Sudan here

We also heard briefly from Lizzie Wignall about CAFOD’s  Power to be campaign, which is calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people. 

One in six people worldwide don’t have access to electricity. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty. Could you hold a ‘Power to be’ action card signing in your parish?

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Lizzie also shared the importance of making our MP aware of our concerns. 

Could you ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power, through CAFOD’s MP Correspondent scheme?

We were also shown a video on the Harvest Family Fast Day.’ (Brian Davies, CAFOD Volunteer)

Thank-you very much to everyone who has supported our Harvest Fast Day. Here you can watch a three minute film featuring farmers Edelmira and Martir from El Salvador, which really brings our Harvest Fast Day story alive.

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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Please help us stop the eviction of 200 families in Brazil

Volunteers, Supporters, priest and Bishop from the Oxford North and South deaneries stand in solidarity with more than 200 families facing eviction from their home in São Paulo, Brazil.  Ficamaua – Let them stay!

Volunteers and Supporters from Oxford N & S Deaneries show support for the Mauà Community

These families, many with children and vulnerable members, have lived for 10 years in the Mauà building, an abandoned hotel in the middle of Sao Paolo, which they have turned into homes.  Now, a government decision puts them in danger of being made homeless. You can learn more about the Mauà Community eviction here.

Bishop William & Debbie Purfield in solidarity with the Maua community

Sandra & Fr Naz : Let them stay

The situation is urgent. Following a recent court notice, families will be forced out of their homes by police at 6am, 22 October, unless the court decision is reversed.  CAFOD’s partner APOIO tells us that the only hope is to put pressure on political authorities to step in and stop the eviction.

Will you stand in solidarity with  these families and add your voice to ask the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just and permanent solution? Take a minute to read and sign the petition

Debbie Purfield – CAFOD coordinator said, “We want to show the Mauà community that we are supporting and praying for them… that we stand alongside them at this very distressing time.  They are not alone! Ficamaua !”









>  Please sign  the petition asking the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just, permanent solution