Journey to Justice : a CAFOD retreat on Saturday 4 November

Journey To Justice : A CAFOD Retreat

Journey To Justice : A CAFOD Retreat

Listening to the poor, reflecting on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.

At this CAFOD ‘Journey to Justice’ retreat, you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.

All are welcome to join us on Saturday 4 November, 10am-4pm, at the peaceful surroundings of Aylesford Priory, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX in the Archdiocese of Southwark. You don’t have to be a CAFOD campaigner or volunteer already to take part.

The retreat is free of charge, but donations accepted. A simple lunch will be provided. Advance booking needed.

Book your place on this retreat

There are similar retreats taking place across England and Wales in November. See the full list of retreats.

Youth Events at Aylesford Priory

Sarah Cadwallader, CAFOD Southwark Diocesan Officer, writes:

I had a fantastic time last week running a CAFOD World Cup workshop at Aylesford priory. I took part youth events hosted by the Carmelites and run by the wonderful Southwark Catholic Youth Service team from St Vincent’s Youth Centre in Whitstable.


Along with my colleagues Tanya Jenkins (CAFOD youth team) and Joelle Hernandez (CAFOD Brazil Team) we gave the young people a picture of how our partners in Brazil have reacted to the world cup. We highlighted some of the issues of injustice that the people of Brazil have experienced in the run up to the world cup such as evictions and needless expenditure or money for stadiums when weighed against the need for better healthcare and housing. The young people had time to discuss the issues and think of ways that they would communicate this important message, they came up with fantastic ideas ranging from street art to flash mobs.

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The young people then took action, making a statement by learning and performing CAFOD’s specially written World Cup Song to share the message of the people of Brazil with the world.

See a video of the world cup song on our website, then give it a go yourself.

World Youth Day 2013

Soon, a group of young people from dioceses across England and Wales will be travelling to Brazil for World Youth Day.   They start their pilgrimage in São Paulo to visit our sisters and brothers in Divinéia and Mauá and then travel on to Rio, where they will join in celebrations with thousands of other young people from around the world.  The World Youth Day events culminate with an open-air Mass on an airfield near Rio, celebrated by Pope Francis on the morning of Sunday 28 July.

Marianne, from Greenwich, is also going from the Southwark Diocese – please pray for her as she goes on her journey.


If you want to celebrate World Youth Day at home, check out Brightlights 2013, which will take place over the World Youth Day weekend in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory – ‘with large screen link-up with World Youth Day in Rio, live bands, catechesis, guest speakers and more, this carnival atmosphere will be the next best thing to being in Rio this summer!’

Find the website for Brightlights 2013 here.