All are welcome for a Leeds workshop on how to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.
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
“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.
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A day of short inputs, drama, poetry, prayer and interactive workshops to help us listen better to others and to understand their real needs
In order to respond to Pope Francis’s invitation to become a Church ‘with and of the poor’ perhaps in our particular context a pre requisite task is to develop as a ‘listening Church’ willing and able to cross boundaries and as Jean Vanier puts it ‘crossing the street’ to make contact with those we would usually prefer to ignore or avoid.
Even those eager to “speak truth to power’ can neglect to build relationships with the poor and those who are often just ‘overlooked’. St Thomas Aquinas stressed that the roots of what we now call Catholic Social Thought lies in a process of discernment rather than in a simple ‘protest narrative’ which involves engaging with the other and learning together to balance competing interests as we search for the Common Good.
We need therefore to become a people capable of listening and to foster a culture of encounter to become a Church of deep and transformative listening.
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