Bishop John Arnold was the keynote speaker at the CAFOD Salford Supporters Day on Saturday 7th February. 75 people gathered to hear the Bishop talk from first-hand experience about CAFOD’s work in over six countries across the world which he has now visited. Everyone found the presentation both illuminating and inspirational.
The supporters day was one of the best attended for a number of years. We had excellent presentations and workshops from supporters and staff. After a review of the year which has seen the number of local volunteers grow by nearly 9% amid a number of new initiatives, we heard about the CAFOD campaign One Climate One World from Anne-Marie Coppock and Mary Clark. Pat Shine gave a presentation on the parish linking scheme Connect2 at Sacred Heart Rochdale where parishioners have not only raised money but also sent a parish history (translated into Spanish!) to the Puentecitos community in El Salvador!). John McGrath and Mary Rose Walsh spoke about how speaking at Mass had increased the number of volunteers in the parish. Phil Doyle spoke too about Understanding CAFOD, the basic course on our work, and later also on Catholic Social Teaching. Aline Yasmine gave her workshop on writing press releases and using the media which was well received, and Bernadette Mcintosh assisted Mary with some further work on fundraising and campaigning. Brian Broughton came from Saint Thomas of Canterbury’s parish in Bolton to speak with us about the innovative Harvest of Talents scheme which has brought so many benefits to the parish and school and in addition £35,000 to CAFOD for its work in Ethiopia with water distribution.
The prayer was organised by the CAFOD Salford spirituality team. Justine Silcock, Sue Allerton and Joy Wanless who have developed innovative Justice Reflections which are available for parish groups throughout the diocese to reflect upon their work for CAFOD. These reflections last about 30 minutes only and are designed to be used within their existing meetings to enrich our faith and enable us to share with others in the group what is important about working for justice within the church and then to plan for the future.
It was an excellent day all round. Bishop John said: “I am very impressed with the great work which is going on in the diocese with CAFOD Salford and the good network which exists.”
Copies of the documents used at the day will be available on the CAFOD Salford blog shortly. This will include the photos to which Bishop John referred in his presentation.
For any further requests or information, please contact the CAFOD Salford office on 0161 705 0605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.