Northampton Catenians raise £1,000 for Zimbabwe


A fantastic £1,000 has been raised by the Northampton Circle of the Catenian Association towards the Association’s Water for Life Appeal, which supports CAFOD projects in Zimbabwe. 

The cheque was presented to the Association’s Grand President, David Taylor, at the Northampton Circle’s 90th Anniversary Dinner and, in greeting and proposing a toast to the Circle’s guests, President Angus Walker thanked all for their support.

In the presence of Catenians from 32 different circles, their wives, widows of deceased members, many of the local clergy and the Bishop of Northampton, he spoke of the work of the Circle in supporting and strengthening family life through friendship and faith.

A brief history of the Circle’s 90 years had been prepared for each guest, together with a souvenir of the occasion.

In replying to the toast on behalf of the guests, Grand President David Taylor thanked Northampton Circle for its generous contribution to CAFOD and the important work CAFOD does.

He went on to refer to the contribution the Association’s members make to their local parishes and communities and to its increasing international nature, with circles in Harare, Bulawayo and around the world.

Bishop Peter Doyle also shared his reflections on his time in Northampton and fittingly concluded his speech with a beautiful solo rendition of “Ad multos annos” – may you have many more years to come.

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially at least once a month in local branches known as Circles.

It provides practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support, and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

This is being marked with an appeal on behalf of CAFOD to support water and sanitation projects in Zimbabwe. Given the current situation there, this appeal has gained even more significance.

The celebration dinner was attended by 200 guests with representatives attending from as far away as Plymouth, Stoke and Cambridge as well as strong representation from across the diocese.

They were joined by 23 priests and deacons from the parishes of South West Northamptonshire.

A tombola raised a further £1,500 which will be added to the circle’s charitable funds and shared between CAFOD and local charities in March.

Posted by CAFOD Northampton

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