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.
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.
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!”
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