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 : dpurfield@cafod.org.uk 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 : ewignall@cafod.org.uk or 01922 722944

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Promoting a CAFOD international development group at Newman University

In September, CAFOD Birmingham and Newman University welcomed Lizzie, 24 years old, onto their Step into the Gap programme. Lizzie, who is placed within the Chaplaincy team at Newman, shares her experiences so far…

What is your role as a step into the gap volunteer?

At Newman University, I promote global justice by engaging students and staff in fundraising and campaigning activities including a weekly soup kitchen, Fairtrade chocolate stall and One World international development society meetings. Our team leads prayer sessions and, with our door always open, provides a listening ear and pastoral support. In addition, I visit schools, parishes and groups across the Archdiocese and try to inspire them to act for change through CAFOD!

 

Members of One World society and their Fairtrade chocolate stall

Members of One World society and their Fairtrade chocolate stall

 

Why were you attracted to the role?

I was passionate to immerse both myself and others within international development, to give a voice to and to stand in solidarity with those experiencing poverty, injustice and corruption overseas and to put my faith into action.

Step into the Gap at Newman University and CAFOD Birmingham provided the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the work of CAFOD here in the Birmingham Archdioces and of course overseas and to work with a wide range of people, of all ages, backgrounds and faiths all passionate for change.

 What has been the best moment?

 The overseas visit to Zimbabwe in January was transformative, eye-opening and really brought overseas development alive. In particular, accompanying nurses on home visits to HIV and AIDS patients and witnessing the perseverance, energy and commitment for change of the CAFOD partners and communities was extremely moving and something that will forever inspire me.

Equally, the opportunity to work within the close-knit, friendly and supportive Newman community has been a real highlight. The opportunity to share the stories of and give a voice to the communities in Zimbabwe on campus and across the Archdiocese of Birmingham feels a real privilege.

Assisting in Mavambo Learning Centre in Zimbabwe. The centre comprises 3 classrooms and teaches Maths, English and Shona to children, regardless of their age, who have never been to school before

Assisting in Mavambo Learning Centre in Zimbabwe. The centre comprises 3 classrooms and teaches Maths, English and Shona to children, regardless of their age, who have never been to school before

 What have you learnt this year?

I’ve learnt the importance of faith and hope. I’ve been inspired to explore my faith and to make a more active commitment to living it out. I’ve also been touched by the faith and hope of communities around the world and have felt the connectivity of all members of the global Church community to help our brothers and sisters  wherever they are .

In addition, I’ve had my horizons broadened by new cultures and perspectives, my eyes opened to the reality of poverty and injustice and have been extremely encouraged and inspired by the transformation that CAFOD is making to people’s daily lives; it is living out the scripture of John: ‘I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). 

  

 Experiencing the burden of 20litres of water traditionally carried by women on their head from the river to their village in Siamtelele, Zimbabwe

Experiencing the burden of 20litres of water traditionally carried by women on their head from the river to their village in Siamtelele, Zimbabwe

 What skills do you think you have gained which will be most help in the future

The opportunity to take something from the initial idea to implementation and evaluation has seen me develop a huge range of new skills. These include event management, budgeting and communicating with the media. I’ve also become much more confident in liaising with a wide range of people, delivering presentations, public speaking, taking the initiative and problem solving.

 

If I’m interested, how do I apply?

Applications to CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme at Newman University for next academic year are open. To find out more and apply, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year . Applications close 29th May.

Meet Fr Pius Win Than of Panthein, Myanmar (Burma)

An evening with CAFOD partner,Fr Pius Win Than of Caritas Pathein, Myanmar (Burma)

On Saturday 18 April 2015, 7.30pm at Coolock Centre, Stubbs Gate, London Road, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 ILH, Fr Pius will speak about his work with poor and vulnerable communities in this Diocese of Pathein, helping them to cope with the effects of climate change.

Come and join us and hear about CAFOD’s work in Myanmar.

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