CAFOD Southwark Summer Pilgrimage

We had a fantastic day last Saturday, 27 June, celebrating and appreciating creation in the glorious sunshine.


A group of 18 pilgrims gathered at St Francis de Sales church in Hartley ready to pray, praise and a reflect on the wonderful gift of creation. We began with a lovely lunch very generously provided by parishioners at St Francis De Sales. We were then sent out on our walk by parish priest Fr Alex Saba, who helped us to reflect on our relationship with all of creation and with God, and encouraged us to look for the signs of God’s love around us on our pilgrimage.

We then set off on our 3-4 mile walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding Hartley and Fawkham stopping a further five times to consider how we might better care for the the world around us in our daily lives. We heard about Sinteyo and her community in rural Kenya and how a CAFOD funded solar pump is making a really positive impact in the life of the community and helping them adapt to the changing climate.

Read Sinteyo’s story>>

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On our final stop at All Saints church in Hartley, members of the livesimply group from St John Fisher parish in Rochester, shared the simple yet wonderful ways they have been encouraging each other and the parish as a whole to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. The group have started initiatives like a local litter pick, fundraising for the food bank and partnering with a community in Cameroon.

Bernard Hyde from the group said:

“it [livesimply] has transformed the parish, it has brought people together”

Read more about the Rochester livesimply group initiatives >>

Watch CAFOD’s  livesimply video

We finished our Pilgrimage back at St Francis de Sales where we enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on the journey and made it such a wonderful day!

Special thanks to the group of parishioners who provided refreshments, the Knights of St Columba, lead by Frank Stanley, who guided us and kept us safe on roads and to CAFOD Parish Contact at St Francis de Sales, Phil Kerton who organised all the logistics for day.

Thank you!





One Climate One World Campaign Launch – 18 October 2014

It was a fantastic day last Saturday as CAFOD joined with the Justice and peace Assembly to Launch CAFOD’s new campaign One Climate One World. Around 100 people gathered in Amigo Hall to explore further the issue of Climate change and to learn more about what we can do to make a difference.


We heard from inspiring speakers like Jesy Romero and Adan Pajuelo CAFOD partners from Peru who spoke about the effect that  climate change is having on the live of those in the Cruz de Mayo farming community where Adan lives. They spoke about the great risk the melting of the glaciers poses to the community due to the ice falls. Jesy told us about an ice fall that had occurred some years ago, the ice had fallen into the lagoon below and causing massive flooding and huge loss of life with over 30,000 people dying as a result.

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We also heard about the work that has been going on to mitigate risks of climate change closer to home; Fr David Vannerley form the Kent Ecumenical Critical Incident Chaplaincy Service spoke about the work they do to prepare for flooding, drought, acts of terrorism and other emergency situations in Kent. He spoke in detail about the flooding many experienced last Christmas and urged us all, as we looked at the images of the huge areas of flooding, to consider if in the UK we were really taking climate change seriously.

The day also included some exciting and informative workshops, including tricky questions on climate change, how to livesimply as a parish, how to engage young people in the campaign and the Theology of climate change.

In the afternoon we heard about a community in Kenya who have benefited greatly from using renewable solar energy, watch the video below to find out more:

We heard how we can get involved and take action through the One Climate One World Campaign.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the launch and made it such interesting and inspiring day!

To find out more about CAFOD’s campaign One Climate One World Visit our website>>


If you would like to learn more about Climate change and how it impacts the work that we do with communities overseas, come along to our annual Pope Paul VI lecture, We are delighted to have Bishop Sorondo speaking this year whose lecture will reflect on the two greatest challenges we face in a talk entitled The Challenge of our Times: Climate and Poverty – An Agenda for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development”.  The Argentine Bishop shares his reflections on the relationship between climate and poverty at a crucial time for CAFOD, as we launch our new campaign.


Date & Time: Friday 7 November 2014, starting at 7pm (doors will open at 6:30pm)

Venue: Greenwood Theatre, King’s College London, London Bridge, SE1 3RA.

Speaker: Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo

Chair: Julie Etchingham

 The lecture will be free of charge but please do register in advance. Register online: or contact us at the CAFOD Southwark office on 020 8466 9901 /

Download a poster to promote the lecture in your Parish, school or group>>>


Have you heard about the CAFOD One Climate, One World Campaign Launch


CAFOD partners work with communities in Kenya so they can use solar panel energy to power schools, clinics and irrigation systems.

Join Southwark Justice and Peace and CAFOD in Saturday 18 October for an exciting day celebrating the launch of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign.

One Climate One World – CAFOD campaign launch and Southwark Justice and Peace Autumn Assembly

Saturday 18 October 10:30am-4pm, Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral SE1 7YH

You’ll have a chance to hear directly from CAFOD’s Peruvian partners about how climate change has already started to affect their lives. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about how you can take action in the campaign in some of the following workshops:

Climate change: answering your tricky questions

Ask your tricky climate questions to Rob Elsworth, climate change expert from CAFOD’s policy team. Explore the facts, debunk the myths and build your confidence in speaking to others about climate change and CAFOD’s new campaign.

Gaining the livesimply parish award

Roger Wright from Petts Wood explains how his parish has embarked on a journey to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, what this meant for them and how your parish could apply for a livesimply parish award.

The Theology of Climate Change

What does campaigning on climate change have to do with loving your neighbour? How does our faith underpin our response to climate change? Reflect on these questions and more and explore some of the riches of Catholic teaching on care for creation and our neighbours. (Speaker to be confirmed).

Involving young people in campaigning

Learn how to motivate the next generation of campaigners to act for a better world. We’ll be sharing ideas, resources and fun activities to get your parish’s youth or confirmation group involved in campaigning for justice.

For more information, contact Eileen Hayes and Sarah Cadwallader at the Southwark CAFOD Office:

0208 466 9901 or

Sign up for the One Climate One World – CAFOD campaign launch and Southwark Justice and Peace Autumn Assembly