Join us to hear about our work in Myanmar and El Salvador – Saturday 21st February

On Saturday 21st February we will welcome Clare Dixon, CAFOD’s Head of Latin America and the Caribbean, to meet CAFOD supporters at the Holy Name of Jesus church hall.

Clare will be sharing stories from her time in Myanmar, the country of focus for our Lent 2015 appeal, as well as her recent trip to El Salvador. She will be explaining CAFOD’s approach to international development and detailing how we live out our values in our work.

This is a great opportunity to hear first hand the impact that the support from across the diocese has on changing the lives of people living in poor communities around the world. Here is a video of Clare explaining the significance of the declaration of Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr.

The event will run 4-6pm on Saturday 21st February. You are also invited to join us for mass at 6.30pm. The address for the venue is: The Holy Name of Jesus RC Church Hall, 52 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6HW.

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

This is a change to the publicised event as unfortunately our partners from Myanmar are unable to join us.

Don’t Forget This Lent, the government is matching every pound you raise for CAFOD up to £5m! Get in touch with if you’d like to find out more or receive some help with your fundraising.

DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal Concert- 19th December, York

On Friday 19 December, the Bar Convent Chapel in York is hosting a concert support the Disasters Emergecny Committee’s response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. All proceeds will go to the DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal. The DEC is comprised of thirteen leading aid agencies, including CAFOD.

According to the World Health Organisation, the current outbreak of Ebola has infected more than 14,000 people and killed more than 5,000. The true figures may be even higher. So far parishes, schools and individuals across England and Wales who have responded with huge compassion to CAFOD’s Ebola Crisis Appeal, donating more than one million pounds, to help stop the spread of the virus across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The concert will feature the following fantastic musicians:
• Bethany Hare- A young singer who received a standing ovation in 2013 at Headingley Stadium, and who works extensively for good causes.

• Paula Ryan- a folk singer from Tipperary who plays the Marimba, the Guitar Bazouki, the Bodhran and Djembe and who won the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song 2014 Competition.

• David Swann- a local folk singer and acoustic guitarist, who won the best new song about Yorkshire, in the Radio York, Song for Yorkshire competition.

• A Specially Assembled Music Group of Combined Parishes
Tickets are £5. The concert will start at 7.30pm on 19 December 2014. Paperless Tickets/ Reservations may be purchased in advance at York’s three Oxfam shops, on Goodramgate, Micklegate and Low Petergate. You may also purchase paperless tickets online, if you wish to do this please contact:

The Bar Convent is at 17 Blossom Street, York. If you have further enquiries about the concert please contact

Click here to find out more about CAFOD’s response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa.

In the event the DEC raises enough money for the response to Ebola, all proceeds of the concert will go to the DEC Gaza Appeal. The DEC is a registered Charity No. 1062638

CAFOD Ebola appeal raises one million

Thank you for donating more than one million pounds to our Ebola crisis Appeal. Your compassion is saving lives in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Your support is helping our local Church partners to educate people about the risks of the virus, to supply essential hygiene kits and washing-stations, and to ensure that burials are carried out safely to reduce the risk of infection. We are also providing emergency supplies of rice to thousands of people in areas that have been quarantined or where farming has been restricted.

Neil Casey, Head of our Humanitarian team, said: “This has been a fantastic response by the Catholic community, and their generosity is making a huge difference on the ground. Some of our staff and partners have themselves lost family members to Ebola, but, even in difficult circumstances, they’re working around the clock to try to stop the spread.”

Thank you to the everyone who has donated from the Diocese of Leeds, including the parishes and schools who have been fundraising to support the appeal.

Find out more about CAFOD’s response to the crisis here.