“Share the Journey” in Clapham Common

Maria Chiara is a journalist from Italy. She has been volunteering in CAFOD’s communication team for one month. Last week-end she got the opportunity to join St Mary’s “Share the Journey” walk in Clapham Common. She is telling us all about it.

Last Saturday I joined Ruth and the others CAFOD supporters at St. Mary Church in Clapham, for a Share the Journey parish walk. The sunny weather helped our walk and shared reflections on refugees. We walked one mile around Clapham common.

Share the Journey: a time to meet a new parish community

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary's parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary’s parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

First of all my journey started with meeting the Redemptorists fathers from the local community: Fr Casper, Fr Richard and Brother Michael. I was also really happy to meet people from the parish community. We were twenty people in total to walk in solidarity with refugees. I felt so welcomed by the Priests and the local community. I could feel their loving care and they were genuinely interested in what I had to say.  I wished refugees could feel the same when they arrive to a new community/country.

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Our Lady of the Rosary will “Beat the Bounds” on 8th July 2018 with a Share the Journey walk

Come and join the parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary in Blacken as they walk around the Parish Boundary in support of CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign on Sunday 8th July 2018.

CAFOD volunteers on their way to a Share the Journey walk to show their Solidarity with refugees

CAFOD volunteers on their way to a Share the Journey walk to show their Solidarity with refugees

Every Stranger who knocks at our door is an encounter with Jesus Christ’  Pope Francis


Leaving at Junctions: Leaving at: Miles
Starting at Our Lady of the Rosary Church

330a Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, DA15 8LW

1.30pm 0.4 mi
Lyndon Avenue/ Wellington Avenue

Walking along Lyndon Avenue and Boundary Road to

1.15pm 1.4mi
Bexley Road/  Avery Hill Road

Meeting at shopping parade side of traffic lights

2.00pm 0.7mi
Halfway Street / Crombie Road

Walking via Old Farm Avenue to


2.20pm 1.4mi
Station Road / Hurst Road

Meet outside Holy Trinity Church

3.05pm 0.9mi
Hurst Road / Penhill Road

Walking along Penhill Road to

3.35pm 0.8mi
Park Mead / Danson Underpass

Walking along East Rochester Way  and Gwillim Close to Blackfen OLOR

4.00pm 1.0mi
5.00pm Tea and Cake in the small hall.




H&S:  All participants are responsible for their own safety

Be inspired by the Share the Journey walk in Hartley

The Share the Journey walk which took place in Hartley on Saturday 9 June is one of many walks organised in the diocese of Southwark. Sixteen amazing volunteers attended the event and walk 60 miles altogether. Marine, one of our Community Participation Coordinator, talks about how inspiring and humbling she found taking part in a Share the Journey walk.

Marine (left) and Rita are sharing their migrant stories during the Share the Journey walk in Hartley

Marine (left) and Rita are sharing their migrant stories during the Share the Journey walk in Hartley

“Parishioners of all ages and nationalities joined together to show their solidarity with refugees and migrants. The first 30 minutes of the walk was in silence so that we could reflect and pray. It helped me focus on why I was walking, to think about how twenty people will be forced to flee their homes every minute – in the next ten minutes that shocking figure would increase to 200.

“We used CAFOD action cards to read about refugees’ stories and were encouraged to talk about our own experiences. One English lady shared how her German grandparents came to England as bakers, but when war broke out they had to leave. One man talked of his journey to arrive here from Myanmar at just ten years old. We heard how when one family first came from Ireland, signs in some Bed and Breakfasts read ‘No travellers, no dogs and no Irish!’

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It is humbling to listen to people’s migration stories

“I felt very touched and inspired to listen to people’s migration stories. I thought all these people looked so English and yet I discovered that most of them had a migration story. It brought me back to my own story of migration as a French national and my previous work with refugees and that it was not “them” and “us” but only one family in Christ.

“Little things made me reflect on how fortunate we are in comparison to those fleeing their countries. We were offered tea and coffee before setting off, had plenty of food and fresh water to drink as we walked. We started on a tarmac road, then crossed a forest and field to the church with local parishioners to guide us so that we didn’t get lost. We stopped at churches with toilets and knew we were going home to warm beds. How different to the journey made by refugees, often over rough terrain. To be hungry and not to know where your next meal is; to be cold and not able to find shelter; to be uncertain where you are going and where you will sleep. It was very humbling.”

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Testimony from others who joined the walk.

Jill Cass on the Hartley walk

Jill Cass on the Hartley walk

“At the end of the walk, on our return to the church where we had started, we were welcomed with tea and lovely home-made cake. It made me think about what sort of welcome refugees would face.”  Jill Cass.

“I felt truly saddened that refugees have to flee their homes. I loved the walk but my legs are hurting now and I only walked four miles, imagine how it is for refugees.” Annabelle, aged twelve.

“I had no expectations for the walk today, but found it extremely thought provoking so to the reality of the journeys that refugees have to make to find safety and peace. – Merry God Bless and protect all refugees. Thank you” – Gere

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How to get involved in a Share the Journey walk?

By following seven very simple steps, you can organise your own Share the Journey walk. Collectively, we have already walked the distance around the world – an extraordinary 24,900 miles. We have completed this incredible feat but our work does not stop there – we have decided to do a second walk to show an even stronger support. Can we walk around the world twice? With your help, we can. Organise your walk and log those miles!

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