Sophie ‘Steps into the Gap’ with Leeds Trinity University

We are delighted to welcome Sophie Aulton back to CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds as a ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer. Sophie started her placement at Leeds Trininty University a fortnight ago, welcoming fresher’s and returning students and sharing opportunities for them to explore their faith through the chaplaincy services.

Slim pic of Sophie LTU ChaplaincySophie will be supporting the Chaplaincy team with CAFOD campaigns, prayer and fundraising actions throughout the year. As part of her year with CAFOD, sophie will be visiting local schools and parishes to talk about her expereince in Global Development and is currently preparing for her international visit, working with our charity partners in El Salvador. Please remember her in your prayers and wish her all the best in her placement year with Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy.

Sophie previously volunteered for 6 months with the volunteers and Community Participation Coordinators here at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre, based at Hinsley Hall in Leeds.

If you would like to invite Sophie to your school or parish, please get in touch with either Joanne or Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or send us an email to

For more information about CAFOD’s gap year programme ‘Step into the Gap’ please click here

Soophie freshers at LTU Chaplainicy

Sophie is the one standing on the left under the massive arrow!!. Also pictured are members of the LTU Chaplaincy team.

All Welcome for Leeds livesimply Workshop

All are welcome for a Leeds workshop on how to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. 

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CAFOD’s livesimply award was given to St Benedict’s parish in Leeds

The event is open to anyone interested in learning about these values on Saturday June 24 at St Benedict’s parish centre on Aberford Road.
The workshop comes after St Benedict’s were the first parish in the Leeds diocese to be given CAFOD’s livesimply award.
The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”

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Our Lady of Kirkstal CAFOD Group Lampedusa Pilgrimage

Michael Emly is a member of a local CAFOD Group in Leeds and speaks about their recent Lampedusa Pilgrimage

“Recently several member of our CAFOD Group from the Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal in Leeds, came together to take part in a Lampedusa Pilgrimage . The event was the result of several discussions we had after we had the opportunity to see the cross and complete the Lampedusa Action cards at one of our previous CAFOD group meeting in 2016


Lampedusa Pilgrimage, Our Lady of Kirkstal CAFOD group (Photo courtesy of Eddie Aitken)


“Thinking about the impact taking part in the Lampedusa Pilgrimage, I’d say we all felt a tremendous sense of prayerfulness, of togetherness, and also of compassion for refugees and a desire to do something to help

“Two members of our group are CAFOD school volunteers and had come across the Lampedusa Cross in person during a training session . They spoke highly of it and in fact led us on our pilgrimage that night.  Although the experience was valuable in itself we also wanted to complete the pilgrimage with a view to subsequently sharing it with others in our parish.

“We would encourage other parishes to take part in the Pilgrimage action without hesitation.  We think it would work best with a group of between 10 and 20 people. The format is flexible anyway but for a larger group it might need to be tweaked.   And of course there is some slightly different material available for children and for young people.

olk-lampedusa-passport-and-action-cardIf you would like to find out more about the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, please get in touch with Joanne or Bronagh on (0113) 275 9302 or email