27th April 11:30am El Salvador Share Lunch and Talk with our Gapper; Sophie Aulton

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Come along to hear about Sophie’s recent visit to CAFOD Partners in El Salvador

I hope you have seen the date for Sophie’s shared lunch and talk, but if you haven’t, here it is again just in case you have a few free hours this Friday 27th April at 11:30am.


Sophie recently returned from El Salvador and Nicaragua, where she visited several CAFOD funded projects and discussed with our partners how donations, prayers and campaigning in our Parishes in the Diocese of Leeds and across England and Wales is making a big impact on the lives of some of the poorest children and their families.

We hope you can come along with a friend to hear about Sophie’s experience

This will be a shared lunch, so please bring along a small plate of something nice to share. We will provide soft drinks and tea and coffee. There will be a collection after the talk, to help Sophie with her target of £500 fundraising for CAFOD

Please let us know if you will be able to come along either by email or phone:  leeds@cafod.org.uk or (0113) 275 9302

Plan your ‘Share the Journey’ parish walk

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Share the Journey; Organiser’s Guide available now to download below

Parishes across the Diocese of Leeds have an opportunity to put their Catholic faith into action this June through the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign action. You and your fellow parishioners can take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes.


You can plan a walk at a local church, in the car park, around the local area or even in the park. Then add the number of miles you have walked as a group ( 1 mile walked by 20 people = 20 miles) to our totaliser.

Download the ORGANISER’S GUIDE here, and start planning you ‘Share the Journey’ action today. Remember to let us know where and when your walk will take place, we will help you to promote it and get as many parishioners involved.

This is an opportunity for all of us to come together to walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants. By walking we will send a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

Whether you walk one mile or hundreds, anyone can take part. Together we will walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. share the journey logo

Parishioners who join in the walk will be asked afterwards to sign a petition card asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations.

Get in touch with Joanne and Bronagh in the Leeds CAFOD Volunteer Centre for support to organise your own walk. (0113 275 9302) or leeds@cafod.org.uk

Click here for more information about Share the Journey

Zimbabwe CAFOD Officer visited Leeds Diocese

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Members of the Leeds Zimbabwe community come to meet Livison Chipatiso at CAFOD

On 21st February we hosted an inspirational talk and shared lunch with Zimbabwe Programme Officer, Livison Chipatiso. The Volunteer Centre was jam packed, we had the biggest gathering we have seen here in a long time. Several members of the Leeds Zimbabwe community came along to the event to welcome Livison to Leeds. We were also joined by schools volunteers, parish volunteers and area coordinators who all give their time up to support prayer, campaign and giving actions all across the Diocese of Leeds.

livison crowd at the Zimbabwe talk

Volunteers from Huddersfield, Skipton, Bradford, Halifax and Leeds all come to hear Livison speak about sustainable projects in Zimbabwe

Livison explained the need for more support for sustainable, affordable and renewable solutions to irrigate land and diversify crops in areas where climate variation causes extreme malnutrition. After a shared lunch, Livison then travelled to the School of Applied Global Ethics at Leeds Beckett University to address students and staff who are particularly interested to know more about sustainable development.

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Livison speaking to staff and students at Leeds Beckett University

Speaking at the event, CAFOD worker Bronagh Daly said “It is wonderful to have our colleague from Zimbabwe here amongst us. We feel very close to the families and communities from hearing Livison’s words. We are inspired by Livison’s talk and it really has brought us all together as a team, all keen to do as much as we can to support the projects that are making a huge impact on the lives of Svondo and his family and many others like him”


To find out more about our work in Zimbabwe, click here