Bishop Peter shows solidarity with the World’s poorest

When Debbie Purfield met up with Bishop Peter Doyle for a catch up on CAFOD 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.”


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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







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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!

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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 :

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New volunteer coordinator for Luton

We are delighted to welcome Rose Bluett as our coordinator for the Luton pastoral area.  Rose very generously stepped up to take on this role in Luton and has hit the ground running!

Rose Bluett – Volunteer coordinator for Luton

Last Harvest fast day 2016 Rose, a reader at Our Lady Help of Christianity (Luton), was asked by the parish volunteer then to help give the Fast day talk at some of the masses. She found she enjoyed this and felt that it made a difference.  She then came forward to support the CAFOD volunteer in the parish but soon found herself having to take over the role when the parish volunteer stepped down.  This did not phase Rose and she rose to the challenge.  She attended both Supporters days and started preparing for Lent Fast Day 2017.

Rose at the Lent supporters’ day 2017

Noticing her keenness and potential, Deborah (CAFOD coordinator –  Northampton diocese) asked if she would consider taking on the role of area coordinator for Luton. Rose very generously agreed and threw herself fully into the role.

She started networking with the other volunteers and parish priests in Luton and was soon well versed in it. She proactively got in touch with them to find out if all parishes had someone to give the Lent 2016 Fast Day talk and when there wasn’t, she herself went to do it.

Rose giving the fast day talk in her parish

After fast day, she phoned the volunteers again to find out how they got on and to give them support. For those who were unwell, she went the extra mile to send them cards to show they were thought of.   Her dedication is amazing  – Rose has been known to take 3 buses (taking 3 hours) to come to the Volunteer centre to get information and discuss ideas.  She has also showed up for so many CAFOD events and encouraged others to do so.

When asked why she took on the role of coordinator, Rose said “I believe in CAFOD’s work in working for Justice and Peace without discrimination. I enjoy getting to know people and working with the church community.  Even though I am still learning about CAFOD’s work, I feel I can make a difference and am keen use the skills I have to do so”.

You are a great inspiration Rose! Thanks for all you have done so far and we look forward to what you will do.

To find out more about volunteering for CAFOD, please contact us at or 01844 274 723