CAFOD Volunteer awarded Papal blessing for 40-years of volunteering and campaigning!

A CAFOD volunteer and Parishioner of St Michael and St Martin in Hounslow has been awarded a Papal Apostolic Blessing in recognition of her 40-year commitment to CAFOD and championing the rights of some of the poorest communities across the world through campaigning.

UCM and Pat Trollope Papal Blessing

Union of Catholic Mothers and Pat Trollope Papal Blessing

Pat Trollope, 90, has been an avid campaigner for CAFOD since as early as 1978 and was pleased to receive the award at Mass on Sunday 8 July and blessing from Pope Francis.

From travelling to Cologne to campaign to ‘Drop the Debt’ in 1998, to holding an annual Fairtrade pancake day event, Pat’s experience of campaigning has been vast and varied.  She has also been involved in the UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers), a group who were instrumental in forming CAFOD.

Pat received her Papal Blessing in a Mass attended by CAFOD representative Marine Harrington, her son and his partner, as well as members of the Union of Catholic Mothers who processed down the church with her.

IF Rally at Westminster 2011 Pat Trolope St Michael and S Martin Hounslow IMG_2160 (2)

Pat Trolope attending the IF Rally at Westminster 2011

Pat said: “I’m really grateful to CAFOD and felt really overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness at the Mass.

“None of the work I’ve done would’ve been possible without the support of my fellow parishioners.  Anyone can campaign and help CAFOD!”

CAFOD’s representative in the Westminster Diocese, Tony Sheen, added: “Pat reminded me that her work was not just about putting money in the envelopes at CAFOD’s twice yearly Fast Days, but campaigning too.

“She is a great inspiration to us all at CAFOD.  Thank you Pat, God bless and well done!”

To find out more about CAFOD and campaigning, visit our web page here!

St Augustine’s Priory community shares the journey with CAFOD


Students taking part in the Share The Journey walk

During June Augustinians of all ages – from Nursery to Priory 6 to staff and parents walked around the school grounds and took part in the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.  Each class gathered in the Chapel and then set out to walk twice around the perimeter of the school grounds – equaling one mile.  The Sixth Formers, accompanied by Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Raffray, and other staff walked to Ealing Broadway Station with the ‘share the Journey’ banner.

The grand total of miles came an incredible 571.5 miles which was added to CAFOD’s totaliser! Mrs McDermott, Head of Religious Studies, commented, ‘This was an amazing event and a wonderful opportunity to walk in solidarity.  A time we will always treasure’.


Students carrying the Lampedusa Cross on their Share The Journey walk

Whilst walking every student carried the Lampedusa cross The Lampedusa crosses were made by Francesco Tuccio, a carpenter from the Italian island of Lampedusa. CAFOD says ‘When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, he was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope’.


During their walks each class stopped at certain points where stories on individual refugees were displayed in the school grounds and the girls used the walk to meditate on the journeys made by refugees from around the world.

CAFOD’s initial goal by June of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world has now been reached and we have started on our second journey around the world.

For more information on Share the Journey visit our website.

165 Mile walk completed in Solidarity with Refugees and Migrants

Congratulations and thank you to CAFOD volunteer Ann Milner who has just completed her incredible 165 mile Share the Journey walk around the London Loop.

CAFOD Volunteer Ann with fellow volunteers taking part in Share the Journey London LOOP walk

CAFOD Volunteer Ann with fellow volunteers taking part in Share the Journey London LOOP walk

Ann walked over 17 days in rain and sunshine around the whole of the London loop. She was joined by fellow walkers from Parishes in the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark, Brentwood and Arundel and Brighton along the way. Together they walked a collective 605 miles!!!

Ann was welcomed by various Church of England Parishes, as well as Catholic communities along the route, where we joined together in prayer for Refugees and Migrants.

A huge thank you to Ann and all who joined her along the way

Further details about the Campaign can be found here.