CAFOD was delighted to be able to celebrate with Maureen Borbone for her services as a volunteer for over 30 years! We had a special Papal blessing and Bishop Peter wrote a lovely thank you letter from the diocese.
As Maureen hasn’t been well, Deborah Purfield (CAFOD coordinator Northampton) arranged for these to be presented to Maureen in her home saying, “Maureen doesn’t like a fuss at the best of times and I feel going over to her home with a few people would be better”.
Maureen has done lots not only in her parish of Holy Family and St John’s Luton, but around Luton and so it was wonderful that her friends and family were present to celebrate her years of devotion and support. We had representatives from the parish, from Grassroots in Luton where she is heavily involved in, fellow volunteers as well as her sister, Bernadette.
Maureen has been promoting Fast Days at Holy Family and St John’s Luton for many years. She started the “Bag of blessings” for Lent where people were handed bags at the start and Maureen collected their offerings at the end of the Lenten period which has gone to help further CAFOD’s work. She was also a main instigator in organising the parish soup lunches which have drawn in lots of people from the parish and beyond. These have raised a considerable amount for CAFOD over the years!
Not only has Maureen attended numerous CAFOD supporters’ days but has gone the extra mile to encourage others to come along with her by offering them lifts. On several occasions, she has also packed her car with Fairtrade goods to set up a stall at the event.
Being a very keen Fairtrade supporter, you can always see her using every opportunity to encourage people to support it. For example, when we went to present her with her papal blessing, she was very keen to have us sign her petition to Sainsbury’s to ask them to move back to selling Fairtrade tea which they have moved away from.
Maureen has also been a voice for the voiceless and has supported numerous CAFOD campaigns over the years. She has raised awareness of the plight of those living with injustice and is a wonderful evangelist of the Gospel.
Sr Maire presented Maureen with a letter of thanks from Bishop Peter Doyle and which Maureen read out to all present. She was moved to tears at its content.
We thank God for you Maureen and for all you have done in your quiet yet very effective way over the years. As Bishop Peter said in his letter, “ without people like you, the root causes of poverty cannot be tackled.. (we) want to thank you for all the years you have stood on the side of those living in poverty and for your great service to the Lord and His Church. You are a wonderful example and witness to our Catholic faith in action and a great inspiration.”