Rejoice! Get together on Friday, 23rd February, to pray and fast

Marjorie Henry-Lawrence is a media volunteer with CAFOD, in the Diocese of Southwark – I am sharing with you why I will be attending CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 23rd February, at the Bishop Challoner School’s Chapel. 

Fast and Pray

Marjorie Henrie is a media volunteer with CAFOD Southwark

Marjorie Henrie is a media volunteer with CAFOD Southwark

What a wonderful opportunity to move from consumption to contemplation. Our fast will be a benefit to others, not by thinking ‘less of ourselves’ but thinking ‘about ourselves less’. To fast and pray has a transformative power, so do join us.

To go from the external stimulation of eating to the internal stimulation that comes from fasting and praying. For me, it’s a journey from doing to being – from action to thought.

Discover our power point to reflect on your lenten Fast in your parish 

Where, When, Why, Who –

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD's partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training..

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD’s partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training.

Where: Bishop Challoner School’s Chapel. 228 Bromley Road, Shortlands, BR2 0AB. (Free parking on Scotts Avenue, BR2 0LG).

Why: To reflect and share in small groups. To take part in a question and answers, as we rediscover the triumph of fasting, praying and reviewing bible passages alongside the Laudato si’.

When: Friday, February 23, from 12:30 – 1:30 for one hour.

Who: We are all called to take action in oneness and in love as we fast and pray.

Read more about fasting with CAFOD theology expert Susy

In the act of fasting we stand in solidarity with those who hunger – in so doing, we show our hunger and thirst for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:6). “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.” (#222, Laudato si’)

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A Peaceful and Joyful Christmas from CAFOD Southwark

Rohingya mother and baby - Buy them a gift for Christmas

Rashida from Myanmar arriving in Bangladesh

We would like to wish everyone a peaceful and joyful Christmas and to thank you for all your support to help bring about a fairer and more just world. We hope that we can continue to work together in 2018 and we look forward to seeing you at one of our Lent Family fast day briefing in Central London, Bexleyheath, Folkestone or Petts Wood.

Nalini, Eileen and Marine

Lord Jesus,

The angels who announced your birth
sang of  peace; and Mary your mother
treasured their words in her heart.

Today we strive to bring about a world
where all your children live free
from the threat of violence and war.

May we be lovers of peace,
givers and creators of hope.

We long for the time
when those who go hungry are filled with good things
and the lowly are raised high.

May we be inspired by your love,
to transform weapons of war into tools of peace.


Linda Jones/CAFOD


It all started with, “Why not?”

Meg, a CAFOD Media Volunteer, shares the story of the newest CAFOD coordinator, Andy Wansbury. Here she tells us how Andy began his journey as a volunteer.

“I used to be a forensic photographer,” Andy recalls. He had been in the Forensic


A group photo from Lent Fast Day 2016–when it all started for Andy

Science Service for 12 years until 2011. Since then he had been at home, caring for his daughter. And then CAFOD reached out to him. “Eileen Hayes from CAFOD came to speak at the Lent Fast Day 2016 in my parish and asked for volunteers. I thought it was a call for me as I had always been interested in CAFOD work,” he says. He had always wanted to be a parish speaker, so when they finally asked him to be a part of the family, he just thought, “Why not?”

Why volunteer?

Andy began his CAFOD journey by giving talks in school. “Last September, there was a private school in Lewisham who needed a volunteer. I underwent training in the summer,” Andy explains. The training would occur twice a year, for a full day. “And soon I was giving talks for about 20 minutes in schools and parishes, about what CAFOD does and what we are all about.” There are also various volunteering opportunities for other aspiring volunteers who would like to do something else.

Andy had recently become the new volunteer campaign Co-ordinator for the deaneries of Bexley, Greenwich, Gravesend, Bromley and Lewisham. I thought, “My, what huge responsibility this is!” it all seemed so overwhelming. But he patiently explained that his role is mostly to act as a support person. Whenever there is a campaign, he is there to extend a hand if needed, but not necessarily having to be directly involved. “I am still getting the grips of it, ” he admits.  His latest assignment is trying to help with the committee appeal for East Africa. He is also hoping to recruit motivated volunteers to promote CAFOD campaigns in parishes.


Andy sporting his signature look

Because of his new role, Andy is every where CAFOD takes him. He would show up in his Harley-Davidson, wearing black leather boots, navy trousers, and of course, a CAFOD shirt. He believes in making a first impression, and quite an impression at that. “It makes people remember you. And when they remember you they remember what you say, and the message you’d like to imprint on them.”


Discover the latest campaigns here

Many thanks, Andy, for all your fantastic work so far!

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