Congratulations to CAFOD Volunteer Sheila Gallagher has been recognised for her long-standing commitment to the church and to CAFOD with a special blessing from Pope Francis.
Sheila Gallagher from Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s parish in Barnet was presented last Sunday with a special certificate of thanks from Pope Francis for her long-term commitment to the church through her volunteering with CAFOD for over 30 years.
For those who remember the issues of the 1980’s. It was the decade when our CAFOD partner St Oscar Romero was Archbishop in El Salvador and was murdered when celebrating Mass, for speaking out for the Justice for the Poor and Oppressed.
It was the decade when Nelson Mandela was still in prison and we were campaign for his release and an end to Apartheid in South Africa.
It was also a time when many developing countries were being crippled by unpayable debt and CAFOD was campaigning for its cancellation.
At the time Sheila was at the forefront of regularly gathering concerned individuals from numerous parishes in the Westminster Diocese, who had been moved by the signs of the times to work for a more just and peaceful world.
Sheila and her fellow volunteers had been inspired by their faith and the social teaching of the Church to Campaign to help our sisters and brothers in the developing world with CAFOD.
For many years since, Sheila has played an active part in Justice and Peace nationally, with a particular focus on the environment.
At a more local level Sheila has raised awareness and participation in numerous CAFOD campaigns over the years and particularly more recently promoting Live Simply in her Parish in New Barnet which has committed to live more simply, more sustainably and in solidarity with people who are poor. Last Summer the Parish was awarded the Live Simply Award.
Across the world today CAFOD partners are expressing their concern about unpredictable weather patterns never experienced before.
Pope Frances has invited us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor
On behalf of CAFOD – Thank you Sheila for you volunteering and inspiration.