Clocking up the miles in Aldridge

This year, the Holy Father has urged us to reach out to our brothers and sisters who are forced to flee their homes.

Inspired by Pope Francis to respond with compassion and to call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move, CAFOD is asking supporters to take part in our Share the Journey campaign as we aim to walk 24,900 miles, the distance around the world.

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Ann with fellow parishioners and Parish Priest Canon Michael Leadbeater, as they set off from St Mary of the Angels in Aldridge 

Ann Terry, a campaigns volunteer from St Mary of the Angels in Aldridge, is taking every opportunity to clock up the miles for our Share the Journey campaign and is encouraging others in her parish to join her. She has organised a number of Share the Journey walks, including to Lichfield and the neighbouring parish of Brownhills. She will also be organising a shorter walk in the parish for those who have been unable to join her so far.

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The group arrive in Brownhills

A very big thank you to Ann and all those who have walked with her, for not only putting in the miles but for showing solidarity with migrants and refugees fleeing their homes. So far Ann and her fellow walkers have managed to add an incredible 155 miles to our Share the Journey  totaliser.

Can you organise a walk in your parish, school or group?  Please get in touch: birmingham@cafod.org.uk

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CAFOD Campaigns Day

Listening to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: The Response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ Call

Father Peter Hughes, SSC

Summer Campaigns Day- blogYou are warmly invited to our CAFOD Campaigns Day

on Tuesday 11 July at 11am-3pm at St Columbans, Widney Manor Road, Solihull, B93 9AB.

Tea and coffee will be served from 10.45am and please do bring something for a bring-and-share lunch.

We will hear from Fr Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest from County Mayo who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru.

As well as his work in some of the most desperately impoverished communities in Lima, Peter is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas and CELAM, the collegial council of Latin American bishops designed to promote pastoral leadership, initiatives and inspiration for the 22 bishops conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We will also receive an update on our Power To Be campaign and enjoy a shared lunch together.

All are very welcome, I do hope you can join us. To confirm your place, please contact Lizzie in the Birmingham Volunteer Centre on ewignall@cafod.org.uk or 01922 722 944.

Get to know Charlotte – our new CAFOD ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer

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Charlotte, far left, has just joined our “Step into the Gap” programme.

This week we met our new “Gapper” Charlotte Bray.  We wanted to know even more about her and so she told us all about what inspired her to work with CAFOD. 

“Aspire not to have more, but to be more!” – Blessed Oscar Romero.

This quote from Blessed Oscar Romero perfectly sums up why I decided to join Step into the Gap this year. I have just graduated from University, and instead of following the same route as my peers I decided that I wanted to take a gap year with a difference! I wanted to put my faith into action and dedicate a year of my life towards working for global justice.

Find out more about CAFOD’s gap year programme

I am passionate about social justice so would love to be instrumental in helping the Catholic Church to embody Pope Francis’ vision of a poor church in solidarity with the marginalised. But more than that, I would love to help transform the whole world into one where people of all faiths and none are in solidarity with those living in poverty. So this gap year programme with CAFOD is the first step in what will hopefully become a lifelong journey for me. This quote by Oscar Romero perfectly encapsulates what I want to get out of this coming year with CAFOD, to become more, to grow as a person and to learn more about myself, my faith and the world in which we live, and hopefully inspire others in the UK to make a difference.

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But a little bit more about me….  I’m 21 years old and am originally from Hereford. I have just graduated from Durham University, where I spent the last three years studying for a degree in theology. This year as part of my work for CAFOD I am going to be placed at Newman University in Birmingham, where I will be raising awareness of issues to do with global justice among the staff and students.

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I have been involved in fundraising for CAFOD my whole life, both at school and church, so this year I am particularly excited to see first-hand the amazing work which CAFOD and its partners undertake around the world, both in the UK and overseas. I am particularly excited to meet CAFOD’s inspirational partners overseas which, from what previous gappers have told me, will be a challenging, but transformative experience.

Keep in touch with Charlotte and the team of Step into the Gap volunteers – follow their blogs.