Members of a Catholic parish in Fulwood have recently been rewarded for their efforts to ‘care for their common home’ as they received the livesimply award from CAFOD.
Parishioners from Our Lady and St Edward’s parish, Fulwood, have spent the last two years making tangible changes within their parish to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people in poverty.
In January, their hard work paid off and they received their award at a ceremony attended by the parish priest, Canon Bob Horn, members of the parish CAFOD group and two external assessors.
The church community came together to get involved in many ways: hosting an environmental family quiz night to illustrate how easy it is to go green, working imaginatively to ‘upcycle’ rubbish into art, and working to sell Fairtrade goods within the parish. The group also organised meetings with their local MP and Minister of Security, Ben Wallace, to highlight their concerns at Government level.
The parish are long-time supporters of CAFOD, and have had an additional partnership with Kalomo, a town in Southern Zambia, who they have supported for more than twenty years. Hearing about the impact of climate change on the lives of the overseas community during a visit from a Zambian nun only inspired the parishioners further.
Stephen Garsed, a member of the CAFOD group at Our Lady and St Edward’s, said: “The award is a recognition of the progress made, and we see it as a milestone, not an end. This has been a true community effort which has seen the whole parish focus on environmental stewardship and social justice, and we aim to promote the importance of caring for our common home. This has been a grassroots project and we believe that it is so important to be a voice of people living in poverty by campaigning and showing solidarity.
“We hope that this award will be an inspiration to other parishes to embark on their own livesimply journey.”
CAFOD’s local representative in Fulwood, Patrick Gardner, added: “It’s brilliant to see Our Lady and St Edward’s parish being recognised with the livesimply award.
“By living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with people living in poverty, parishioners are demonstrating their compassion for our global neighbours. It’s a fantastic achievement and just the start of a wonderful journey.”