CAFOD Romero Retreat

CAFOD Romero Retreat

Saturday 18th November at Wardley Hall, Salford


The Romero Retreat, held in the beautiful surroundings of Wardley Hall, official residence of the Bishop of Salford, on Saturday 18th November, was attended by over 30 people from all the dioceses of the North West of England: Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury. It enabled us, the participants, to learn and reflect on how the life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero was transformed in the three short years of his ministry as Archbishop of San Salvador from a shy priest, suspicious of the Church’s involvement in social action, to the tireless fighter for justice and voice of the voiceless martyred on 24th March 1980. We saw how this transformation occurred through his encounters with suffering, the people and with God and we thought about our own lives and how we could follow his example.



The day began and ended with thought provoking group liturgy and in between there was time for group discussion and personal reflection as well as the opportunity to talk informally with others over tea and coffee as well as a magnificent shared lunch.

It was a most enjoyable and beneficial day. Thank you to the CAFOD Campaigns team for organising it.


Thank you to Justine, CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-Ordinator for writing the above reflection.

CAFOD’s World Gifts Are Back!

CAFOD’s World Gifts are back again this Christmas, but what are “World Gifts”?


“World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.”

World Gifts make a real and long lasting difference to the communities which receive them, such as Sindhupalchowk District in Nepal, where the 2015 earthquake meant that 89 per cent of school classrooms were destroyed or made unsafe. As well as dealing with the devastation of their homes and the loss of family members, children like Nirjala risked losing the opportunity to go to school. But thanks to supporters buying World Gifts, CAFOD are helping to rebuild 34 schools.

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There’s a variety of gifts, including “Trees for life“, “The pig that provides“, “The goat that gives” “The net that protects“, “Teach Someone to Read“, a “Community Toilet“, “Build a Greenhouse“, “Drought Resistant Crops“, a “School starter pack” or a “Birth Certificate” and much much more, with a variety of prices to suit all budgets, with free delivery on all gifts.


You can buy your World Gift, or find out more information at or you can order by phone calling CAFOD World Gifts on 0808 14 000 14

6 Weeks left until the CAFOD Fun Run, #CAFODLivFunRun

Our annual Fun Run is moving ever closer, Today marks 6 weeks until the big day.

The Fun Run takes place on Wednesday 27th December 2017 at Wavertree Athletics Centre, Wellington Road, Liverpool L15 4LE, with the run begining promptly at 1pm with registration open at midday .  Please arrive early for the warm up and to soak up the atmosphere!


The CAFOD Fun Run is the perfect opportunity to burn off the Christmas calories, so please do encourage all your friends and family to grab their running/walking shoes and join other like-minded people in raising lots of money for those who need it most.

Please find below our Fun Run Flyer and sponsor form.  There is a choice of three distances this year: 2km, 4km or 8km for you to run, walk or toddle, and feel free to bring the dog!  It is £7 to register as an individual or £15 for a family. If you would like an electronic copy of these please let us know and we can send these to you.


Last year we raised £11,200 for the Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal and this is making a huge difference! The sponsorship money came from only 28 of the 309 participants! Just imagine how much we would raise if every participant raised just a little, or made a small donation on the day!  We would therefore encourage you, please do ask friends, family, parishioners and colleagues to sponsor you and send in your sponsor forms to us afterwards. The money raised really does go a long way to help those less fortunate than ourselves.


You can download the poster by clicking here and you can download the registration form by clicking here

As always our wonderful Volunteer Committee are doing a brilliant job organising this event!  Please do help them to make it a success.  If you’re unable to participate but would like to donate or volunteer, we still need more help, so please call us at the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email

The Liverpool Volunteer Centre is working towards becoming a Livesimply office, and therefore we would like to encourage people to use public transport if at all possible, we realise that for some people public transport won’t be possible, but you can plan your journey at or you can visit the Mersey Travel website at for bus and train timetables.


If you know for certain that you’ll be able to attend, please let us know, though this is not essential.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU for supporting CAFOD throughout the year.  You truly make a difference that we greatly appreciate!

As we tweet about the event we will be using the #CAFODLivFunRun

We look forward to seeing you on 27th December!

One Month Until CAFOD’s Carol Service

Thursday 14th December marks CAFOD Liverpool’s Annual Carol Service.

The Service will take place at St Teresa’s Church, College Rd, Upholland and will start at 7.30pm.


The Annual CAFOD Carol Service will include choirs and musicians from local schools followed by wine and mince pies and a chance for some distress purchasing of CAFOD World Gifts and other Christmas Goodies for CAFOD!

Please be aware that due to the Arriva buses strike planned for the day, no buses will be available at the time, the nearest public transport option therefore will be Appley Bridge Railway Station, which is a 2.4 mile walk, on the Southport to Manchester line operated by Northern Rail, timetable available here. Should the Arriva strike be cancelled then there would be an hourly bus service stopping a few minutes walk away, running between Wigan and Southport via Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, with onwards travel options available from there.

There is more information to come soon, but please save the date.


Hear about how CAFOD’s made a difference in The Philippines!

During the summer Ged, and two of his CAFOD Colleagues (Maggie Mairura, who is Ged’s counterpart in the Nottingham Diocese, and David Brinn, CAFOD’s National Schools Volunteer Programme Coordinator) visited The Philippines to see for themselves how money donated to CAFOD was used in the aftermath of Typhoons Haiyan and Melor.


David, Ged and Maggie reach the Philippines at last!

David, Ged and Maggie

104 million people live in the Philippines, 80% of whom are Catholic.  Following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, CAFOD supporters responded with an amazing £5.4m in a special appeal.  The Typhoon recovery programme was completed  at the end of June.  Anticipating this over 12 months ago, CAFOD’s Partner there,  Caritas NASSA, approached CAFOD for help with a “legacy project” to help them sustain the changes they’d been making.  They knew that working through volunteers would become increasingly important for them so they asked for CAFOD staff who work with volunteers to help them do things differently in the future.

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A typical Bayanihan

Ged said, “It was a great honour to share what we know and to work alongside our partners to deliver it.  We also took the marvellous opportunity to see first hand the projects that CAFOD supporters have helped to fund and the progress local communities we visited have made since The Philippines was devastated by these massive Typhoons.”

During his visit Ged wrote several blogs which you can find at

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The poster for the Crosby talk

The first talk we have planned is at St Helen’s Church in Crosby, on Tuesday 9th November, four years after Haiyan.

And the second talk we have scheduled is at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Prescot Road, Ormskirk on Wednesday 29th November from 7.30 – 9pm.

Ged would be happy to talk to your parish, group or school saying “I’d love the chance to visit more people to share my experience, and give the people the chance to find out how their support for CAFOD helps people in areas such as The Philippines.  I was so impressed with how people work together there and how they battle with the natural disasters and the impacts of climate change as well as dealing with injustice on a large scale.”

If you would like to arrange a visit from Ged please contact or phone 0151 228 4028.