Voices from the field – Tomorrow and Friday

By Sarah Vincent, Social Media Volunteer

You are invited to a special evening, whereby you will be given the opportunity to listen to the fascinating experiences of supporters of CAFOD, as well as hear them discuss their perspective of their role.

We are very fortunate to have Father Peter Hughes deliver an inspirational talk about his many experiences working alongside our brothers and sisters living in the poorest communities.

Father Peter

Father Peter Hughes

Father Peter is an Irish Columban Priest from County Mayo who has spent the majority of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru. Father Peter has been working in severely impoverished communities in Lima and is also a significant theological advisor in Latin America. Additionally, Father Peter is a close collaborator of Gustavo Gutierrez and supports developing programmes of social and pastoral action with the help of Peruvian bishops.


CAFOD has known Father Peter for over 30 years! We knew him first as Superior of the Columban Fathers in Peru, and we supported programmes in Peru through the Columban Fathers for many years. He was a parish priest in a highly impoverished part of town, whereby the location of the parish was on top of a rubbish dump. He later became Director of another CAFOD partner in Peru, CEAPAZ and was also a Board Member of our partner Centro San Bartolomé de las Casas for some time.

Father Peter became the Executive Secretary of a key strategic partner of CAFOD: the Department for Justice and Solidarity of Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM). For many years we have supported and continue to support the work of the Department to ensure a clear direction for the Church’s Justice and Solidarity work across the Latin American region. Father Peter, stepped down from his role as Executive Secretary in 2015, but has not yet escaped our clutches as a CAFOD partner. Since Father Peter stepped down, he has helped to found and is now the Board of REPAM, the Church Network for Pan-Amazon!

As you can tell from his experiences, Father Peter has been extremely involved in communities within Latin America and so has a lot to discuss regarding his experiences living and working alongside those in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Details for the event on Thursday

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017

Time: 7pm until 9pm

Location: St Edmunds of Canterbury Church Hall, Village Way, Beckenham BR3 3NP

Details for the event on Friday

Date: Friday 14 July 2017

Time: 2pm until 3:30pm

Location: Comboni Missionary Sisters, 2 Chiswick Lane, London, W4 2JF

Come and join us for this unique experience. We look forward to seeing you there!

100 Days to Harvest Fast Day : 6 October


Women in El Salvador

If you type “100 days” in an internet search engine you will get many options… 100 days seems to be a bit of a symbolical time to achieve something, time to make a difference… For us, here at CAFOD, it is 100 days before we are taking, with all of our parish volunteers, the Catholic community in Southwark on a journey to El Salvador for harvest Fast Day.

For this journey to be a success we need you, all of our supporters and parish volunteers to come and discover our project for the Harvest Fast Day briefing .  Come to a briefing to find out everything you need to know to prepare for Harvest Fast Day 2017. You will hear about a community seed bank; you will hear about people like Endelmira and her husband Martir who are farmer in an area with a hard land to cultivate; you will hear about a project where they can “Plant the seeds that one day will grow” (Archbishop Oscar Romero prayer).

Book a briefing today:
Saturday 9 September : London – Romero House – 9:45am to 3:15 pm
Saturday 16 September: Bromley – St James Church – Time TBC
Thursday 21 September: London/Amigo Hall – School Volunteers briefing – Time TBC
Friday 22 September: Bexleyheath – St John Vianney from 2:30 – 4:30pm.
TBC: Briefing in Lewisham and Dover deanery


Please book by calling 0208 466 9901 or via email: southwark@cafod.org.uk

CAFOD Voices from the field

Voices from the field is an exciting evening to get a perspectives on CAFOD’s work in Africa, Latin America, Asia and with Young People.

Nicanora in Bolivia holding her harvested potatoes in a bag

You are warmly invited to attend an evening reception at CAFOD to hear from our International Programme staff about CAFOD’s overseas projects (in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central America) and the passion that drives them individually in their work.

We are very excited about this opportunity to engage with CAFOD’s international staff and hear first-hand about the life-changing work, that you make possible. We will also hear about the exciting 18-30 young adults initiative and the Step into the Gap Programme.

A panel of CAFOD staff will be open to your questions and we would welcome the opportunity to hear about your involvement and interest in CAFOD and how we can work together to create positive and lasting change for our brothers and sisters around the world.

The time and place are as follows: Thursday 13 July 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm Romero House 55 Westminster Bridge, London,  SE1 7JB

Please contact us by phone on 0208 466 9901 to let us know if you would like to join us, by Thursday 6 July 2017.