Parishes from across the Diocese of Plymouth received a special visit from our friends and partners from Ethiopia in June.
Abba Teum, Abba Solomon and Tamiru Legesse came to the Diocese to thank, meet and encourage our fantastic supporters here and to deepen our connections and solidarity across the two Catholic dioceses through CAFOD.
Bishop Mark warmly welcomed our visitors who told him about CAFOD’s sustainable development work in their area. Following their meeting, Abba Teum presented Bishop Mark with two handmade gifts from Adigrat:
After spending time in prayer together, Bishop Mark said
“I very much enjoyed meeting the delegation from Ethiopia in the visit facilitated by CAFOD. I was very moved to hear of the situation in their homeland and the good work which they are doing with CAFOD and other Development Agencies. It was good to spend time hearing of their experiences and praying together, about the needs of some of the poorest in our World.”
Parishes from across the Diocese support people in the Diocese of Adigrat through CAFOD’s Connect2:Ethiopia initiative which brings together parishes in England and Wales together with communities in Ethiopia and other poor countries which benefit from their fundraising. So it was great that after meeting Bishop Mark our Ethiopian guests were able to hit the road and visit parishes across the Diocese of Plymouth:
Lorraine Richards our CAFOD Parish Contact in Holy Ghost Parish in Exmouth said:
“We feel very privileged that Abba Teum, Abba Solomon and Tamiru were able to come to visit us. We’ve loved receiving letters and photos from our faraway friends in Ethiopia so to finally meet some of them and hear from them in person about the families we’ve come to know and the struggles they face is amazing. Through Connect2 we really feel like we’re getting to know the families in Beira and Sebeya and how our support is making a difference to their lives.”
To make the trip even more of a success we were able to reunite Abba Teum with Deborah Fisher, the former Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia for the UK who knew Abba Teum when she was based in the country.
Deborah was so impressed with CAFOD’s work in Ethiopia she volunteered for us when she returned to the UK – quite the affirmation of all our fantastic volunteers and supporters hard work! Let us know if you’d like Deborah to come to speak to your community and we’ll see what we can do…
Our sincere thanks go to Bishop Mark and all of the parishes for their warm welcome to our Ethiopian guests and their constant and strong support for our work.
In the words of Abba Teum
“Knowing that people understand the challenges and want to help us overcome them is immeasurable.”