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

St Gregory the Great Summer Garden Party – Oxford

When the PTA of St Gregory the Great School in Oxford decided to hold a Garden Party to raise funds for the school, they invited the Connect2 CAFOD group at Corpus Christi Parish in Oxford to attend to tell people about the their work supporting the people of Sebeya, in Ethiopia.

St Gregory the Great School summer garden Party 2017

> Find out about Connect 2 and about Sebeya

And alongside stalls selling burgers, cream teas and cakes, the Connect2 group sold Ethiopian Food made by parishioners from recipes on the CAFOD website, alongside display boards telling stories of the Sebeya Community, and copies of a prayer by Sebeya Parish Priest, Abba Solomon.

Ruth Derbyshire and Judith Fitzgerald are served by Claire Lama

Parishioner Claire Lama ladled out the food of falafels, green bean stew and spicy tomato salad to hungry party-goers, together with Defo Dabo* (a mild spicy bread) and Honey Yeast Bread*, followed by a fruit salad made from fruits likely to be available in Ethiopia – and the bowls quickly emptied!.

>>  Get the recipe for the Defo Dabo (a mild spicy bread) and Honey Yeast Bread

Face-painted customers enjoyed the fruit salad

3 year old Caspian enjoys Honey Yeast Bread

Claire also had a large atlas of the World and pointed out the location of Sebeya, near to the ancient city of Adigrat, close to the Eritrean border, to parents, teachers and children making it an educational as well as a delicious meal.

Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Canon Mervyn Tower, who is also a governor of the school, said, “It is good to see the role of CAFOD, and its links with communities around the world, being brought to the wider school community.”

The Parish has been involved with the Connect2 project for two years and is close to reaching its target of £7000 to donate to CAFOD, which would be the amount required to pay for the irrigation system which is currently under construction.  In this way, the Parish will have played a part in bringing more reliability to the crop production in this arid region of Ethiopia, which is prone to severe drought and starvation.

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


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.

Read more about our work across the world here

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.

Check out our back to school resources for children and young people

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.