Celebrating our long-standing volunteer Maureen Borbone

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.

Deborah presenting the Papal Blessing to Maureen

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 Borbone delighted with her Papal Blessing for over 30 years of volunteering for CAFOD

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.

Maureen keen to get all to support Fairtrade

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.

 

>> Find out more and Sign the petition to Sainsbury’s

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.

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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.”

>> Find out how you can volunteer for CAFOD

 

Bishop Peter shows solidarity with the World’s poorest

When Debbie Purfield met up with Bishop Peter Doyle for a catch up on CAFOD’s work in the diocese, she was keen for Bishop Peter to hear about the latest campaign – Power to Be calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people..

Bishop Peter Doyle signs the Power to be Petition

Bishop Peter was keen to support the campaign and signed a petition there and then to show his solidarity.

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Bishop Peter also heard how several parishes like St Edward (Milton Keynes) and Sacred Heart (Leighton Buzzard) had invited their MP during the week of action to let them know about these issues and they held a card signing in their parishes as well.  Some like St Teresa (Princes Risborough) held a talk during the week of action while others are planning to hold the card signing later on in the year.

With the many changes taking place in the diocese over the coming months, it was good to hear how parishes were still keen to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty and take action.

Bishop Peter Doyle shows his solidarity of those living in poverty

 Bishop Peter said, “Thank you CAFOD for your untiring work of raising awareness of and supporting our brothers and sisters living in poverty through engagement in parishes and schools in our diocese. You do wonderful work and I am very grateful for all you do.”

 

>>  Find out more about what CAFOD does and how you can volunteer for CAFOD.

 

Volunteers hear about CAFOD’s work

We had a great session on the 27 June at St Aidan’s Little Chalfont. Volunteers braved the heavy downpour and traffic to hear about CAFOD’s work.  The session was given by CAFOD volunteers Santi Trillo and Ged Nolan as well as Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton).

Santi Trillo on the Story of CAFOD

Ged Nolan on Stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

>> Listen to an online session on Understanding CAFOD

CAFOD’s Vision, Mission and Values were explained and we heard the story of CAFOD which was really interesting as one of the founders (Elspeth Orchard) was from within the Northampton Diocese!

The group did a quiz which revealed horrific statistic such as 896 million people living on less that £1.40 a day, 663 million who have no access to safe drinking water and over 1.2billion with no access to electricity. The latter is what our current campaign – Power to Be – seeks to address with the World Bank.

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We heard about CAFOD’s international work involving long term development, Emergencies and Campaigning & Advocacy as well as CAFOD’s work in England and Wales.  Stewardship of resources was covered and it was good to know that CAFOD spends only 10p in the pound on administration.

Volunteers play a crucial role in CAFOD and it was wonderful to hear that in the past year, over 6,000 people volunteered with CAFOD and together they donate 160,000 working hours equivalent to £960k!

>> Find out how you can volunteer

Monica talks about World Gifts

John discusses Fairtrade 

We explored the promotion of volunteering in our parishes and the importance of having someone to ‘tell the CAFOD story’.  Sheila from St Augustine (High Wycombe) said, “I didn’t know a lot of what I heard today and it was really interesting.  I think it would be really worthwhile for more people to hear about CAFOD’s work”.

If you would like to host this session in your parish, please get in touch :

01844 274 723 , northampton@cafod.org.uk