“A bridge from a place of suffering to a better world”

This week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Lancaster Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.

Livison spoke to almost 60 CAFOD volunteers and supporters at the events in Poulton-le-Fylde and Preston, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, the country which this year’s Lent appeal is focusing on.

Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including

Marian and family

seven year old son, Svondo.

Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play.  But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!


Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

It was an honour to welcome Livison to Lancaster and hearing his stories was truly inspiring.  We even had a little time to explore the local area and experience a true British delicacy – fish and chips!

Learn more about this Family Fast Day

Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!

Email lancaster@cafod.org.uk or call 01772 733310

Transforming Lives in Bolivia

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We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear about our work and how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day.

We’ll be sharing an update on CAFOD’s work in Bolivia – the country focus of this year’s Harvest appeal and the poorest country in South America – and showing how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.

All are welcome. We do value your ongoing support. It makes a tangible difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Please contact me for further information.

With thanks and every best wish,

Patrick Gardner
Community Participation CoordinatorCAFOD

CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre
St Walburge’s Centre
St Walburge’s Gardens
Preston  PR2 2QJ

Telephone  01772 733 310  Mobile 07920 565 454

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CAFOD Gapper, Michelle, visits youth in Clifton Diocese on Pentecost Sunday

CAFOD Step into the Gap Volunteers, holding green hearts, in Peru.

CAFOD Step into the Gap Volunteers in Peru.

Michelle and fellow gapper Fiona went to the Youth Gathering in the Diocese of Clifton on Pentecost Sunday 2016. Over 100 youth gathered together to see the Lampedusa Cross.

The Lampedusa Cross was crafted by a Sicilian carpenter named Francesco Tuccio. Three years ago a boat carrying refugees caught fire and sank just off the island of Lampedusa, local people took action to help. Francesco Tuccio used his carpentry skills to create a symbol of respect, love and hope. The Lampedusa Cross was made from the boat wreckage. Surviving refugees were given the Lampedusa Cross in an act of solidarity and support.

Youth aged 12-25 gathered together to write messages of hope to refugees.  Continue reading