Sharing the Journey, sharing our stories

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Bishop Mark with Shakirul Islam, Shamsun Nahar & Omar Faruque from CAFOD partner OKUP

 

Marking Refugee Week we’re celebrating all of the fantastic stories we’ve been hearing a sharing of all of the Share the Journey actions that have taken place and are planned around the Diocese of Plymouth .

Bishop Mark helped us start our Share the Journey action by leading our campaign day at Buckfast Abbey on 5th May; opening the event with a powerful address on the Holy Father’s campaign, which inspired us all to immerse ourselves in the campaign and revisit our own stories of migration and refugees through his personal reflection and encouragement.

Speaking at the event we also heard from Shakirul Islam, Shamsun Nahar & Omar Faruque from CAFOD’s partner OKUP organisation in Bangladesh, about their vital work protecting migrant workers from abuse and supporting them afterwards. We were also joined by Libby Abbott from CAFOD’s campaign team who gave us a great overview of the Share Journey campaign and Nick Hanrahan from JRS who talked about their work with refugees in the UK.

At the Share the Journey event, organised by CAFOD and the Diocesan Justice and Peace commission, CAFOD volunteers and supporters joined J&P activists began to plan their campaign actions together.

Over the past few weeks parishes have been organising their Share the Journey walks and campaign actions around the diocese, and schools have organised whole school community and staff walks too! We have been inspired to hear about all of the actions and hope to hear stories from many other communities about their actions too; please  let us know your plans and share your stories and pics by emailing plymouth@cafod.org.uk

…in the meantime see below a few of the beautiful photos from St Mary’s Abbey, Buckfast’s combined parish Share the Journey walk.

For more information about the Share the Journey campaign visit: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey or call us in the office on 01752 268768.

Huge thank you for all of our fantastic volunteers

To all of our fantastic volunteers,

Sending you all of our huge thanks for all of your fantastic volunteering with CAFOD here in the Diocese of Plymouth – Truly you have transformed many lives and acted in true partnership and solidarity of our sisters and brothers around the world…

Watch this video from Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, saying thank you and wishing you every blessing from CAFOD and the communities enabled in the 40 countries in which we work in:

 

 

 

Michael Fay – R.I.P. – Saying Farewell to our Key Volunteer & friend

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Michael Fay R.I.P.

As many of you will have heard, our beloved friend and key volunteer for over 20 years, Michael Fay, sadly passed away recently.

Unearth Justice Torbay Deanery Action 2007

Unearth Justice Torbay Deanery Action 2007

Michael volunteered for CAFOD for almost a quarter of a century, and served as CAFOD Parish contact, a member of the CAFOD Diocesan Team and as CAFOD Deanery Coordinator for Torbay. In all things he approached his volunteering with seriousness, yet with humour and a gentle warmth for all he came across. He was a tireless advocate for justice and stood in solidarity alongside our poorer sisters and brothers, and his passion and commitment to live out the Gospel inspired a great many people here in the Diocese of Plymouth and indeed transformed the lives of thousands around the world.

Michael Speaking for CAFOD 2012

As well as his key roles for CAFOD Southwest/CAFOD Plymouth, Michael also worked as Diocesan Communications Officer for the Diocese of Plymouth and was an active member of the Cursillo movement and also represented CAFOD and the Catholic Community with Churches Together in Paignton.

Many of us who were his friends, and who worked closely with Michael are heartbroken from his sudden loss, and will remember him in our prayers and forever hold in our hearts; but we can rest assured we have a very powerful advocate with the Lord for our faith-filled work for social justice.

Please join us in praying for Michael and perhaps join us at his funeral, which will take place on Friday 15th September at 10am at his parish church:

Sacred Heart Church 24 Cecil Road Paignton TQ3 2SH

Eternal rest give unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him, may he rest in peace.

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CAFOD & the CAFOD team in Paignton