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.

Power to be

One in six people across the world still don’t have the energy they need to provide power in their homes, schools, health centres and businesses. If you’d like to know how renewable energy can transform lives come along to our Power to be campaign launch event in Newcastle under Lyme on June 11.

Take action and help to transform lives

Power to be event poster

School Volunteers gather for Summer term Refresher

On Monday 8 May, our lovely team of School Volunteers across Birmingham Archdiocese gathered for our Summer Term Refresher.

It was a pleasure to be joined by Gemma Salter, from our Education Team, who helped unpack some of our Summer Term assemblies and workshops for primary and secondary schools.

These included assemblies and workshops on our Power to be campaign. We got hands on and created our own sun of messages calling on the World Bank to support local, renewable energy so that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty.

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Our Birmingham Archdiocesan team of School Volunteers with their ‘Power to be’ sun

We also heard a moving account of the impact of climate change and CAFOD’s work in Cambodia from our Step into the Gap Volunteer, Charlotte Bray’s, recent visit.

Thank-you very much to all who joined us, for your energy and enthusiasm and for being such a great inspiration to children and young people across our Archdiocese.

Would you like to join our School Volunteer team? http://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer-with-us/Education-volunteer

We’d be delighted to hear from you at birmingham@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722 944.