CAFOD Lancaster volunteer Hayley Benyon, Area Coordinator for Kirkham Deanery, reflects after a Lent Family Fast Day meeting for CAFOD volunteers, held in her parish, Holy Family in Freckleton, earlier this month……....
Our wonderful CAFOD parish volunteers were delighted to welcome Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, to the Kirkham Deanery. We heard about CAFOD’s new ambition, no one beyond reach, and how we can help communciate this in our parishes.
It is CAFOD’s commitment and belief that not one more of our sisters and brothers should be beyond the reach of the love and care they need. Through our global Church network, Caritas Internationalis, CAFOD is able to reach the most vulnerable communities in the most difficult locations.
But sadly, we are currently unable to meet approximately 1 in 3 documented requests for support, received from some of the poorest people and communities, because there is simply not enough money to go around. Because of our global Catholic network and local presence, we have the potential to reach everyone.
Geoff also shared with us a wider-view input of development, using his CAFOD experience from various countries overseas to illustrate the work and the principles behind why we do what we do. He stressed how our faith and prayer play a critical role in CAFOD’s way of working, and the importance of the relationship between our communities here and communities abroad in delivering our mission.
Over 30 CAFOD volunteers and supporters listened intently and asked questions; leaving inspired to support CAFOD’s Lent Family Fast Day Appeal on Friday 15 March. Those present provided some wonderful idea’s for how we can inspire more parishioners to: understand CAFOD’s essential work, to connect and act with CAFOD, and how we can all put our faith into action in many different ways. It was especially nice that our youngest supporter present was just 10 and our oldest over 80 years old.
CAFOD’s website is full of information about how our Catholic parishioners’ generosity in England & Wales have transformed lives around our world.