Bishop William supports the Power to Be Campaign

CAFOD Coordinators Lizzie Wignall and Debbie Purfield had their annual meeting with Bishop William Kenney who was very supportive and delighted to hear how parish involvement across the south of the diocese where Lizzie and Debbie are focusing on has risen over the past year.

Lizzie, Bishop William and Debbie support renewable energy for the poorest

Lizzie showed Bishop William some crosses with really moving words made by primary school children when they heard about the refugee crisis and Debbie mentioned how 17 people came forward recently at St Joseph’s (Thame) to be parish volunteers for CAFOD.

Bishop William and Lizzie support the Power to Be campaign


Bishop WIlliam was moved by the crosses which he read and was delighted to hear how a lot more parishes were supporting CAFOD not only through donations but also by campaigning and prayer.



To show his solidarity and support the Power to Be campaign, Bishop William signed the petition card calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people.  He said,  ‘What is important is that people are at the centre not economic systems.’

Bishop William Kenney signs the Power to Be petition

Thank you Bishop William for your continued support!


Bishop William will be sharing his experience of Sudan and South Sudan on the following dates:

Date : 30 September 2017

Venue : Our Lady Help of Christians, 59 Hollow Way, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2ND.

Time : 10am for 10:30am – 1:30pm followed by a shared lunch till 2:30pm.

All welcome! Bring a friend along too.  Please book : or 01844 264723

Date : 28 September 2017

Venue : Sacred Heart, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Time : 7pm (teas and coffees) for 7:30pm-9pm. 

All welcome! Bring a friend along too. Please book : or 01922 722944

Oxford N & S Deaneries have a dedicated CAFOD Co-ordinator

Due to CAFOD’s restructuring, the Deaneries of Oxford North and South now have a dedicated co-ordinator – Deborah Purfield.

Deborah is the co-ordinator for the Northampton Diocese and is based there (in Princes Risborough). However, she is now also giving some time to support the Deaneries of Oxford North and South in the Birmingham Diocese.

Deborah Purfield with Bishop William Kenney

Deborah Purfield with Bishop William Kenney

During her visit to meet Bishop William, she said, “I am keen that parishes don’t see CAFOD in terms of fundraising ONLY but as part of the life of the community.  I see my role as building relationships with priests and parishioners and together seeing how we can promote CAFOD’s work in parishes by pray and action as well.”

Bishop William was very supportive and welcoming. He has also offered to share his vast experiences with CAFOD’s programmes in Africa at a CAFOD event in Oxford in the future. He added, “I am delighted that the Deaneries of Oxford North and South will now have a dedicated person to support parishes and schools. I give Deborah my full support”

Deborah will be visiting parishes over the coming months.