CAFOD bids a fond farewell to Erasmo, Fidel, Sandra and Julia who are returning to El Salvador having spent the past month visiting parishes and groups throughout England and Wales.
During their visit, Erasmo and Fidel spent time in the Westminster Diocese, paying visits to parishes including St Margaret’s in Twickenham where they saw how the parishioners have worked to turn a derelict plot of land into a flourishing vegetable garden to raise donations for CAFOD.
The pair also visited the Catholic Church of Christ the King in Oakwood to take part in a day of reflection on the life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Erasmo and Fidel spoke to the congregation to thank them for their work supporting CAFOD and to tell them how their contributions are being put into action to help improve the quality of life of the poor in El Salvador.
The group’s time here was an enlightening and touching experience, both for them and for those that met them.
“The visits to parishes will stay with me the most,” said Fidel. “Everyone in our church at home is waiting to hear about our experience. We’re going to make a mural showing all that we have done. We’re going to do our best to share the riches of faith you have here with our community.”
As well as spending time here in the Westminster diocese, the four visitors also met supporters such as the Catholic Women’s League in Arundel and Brighton diocese, admired allotments in Camberley and Bagshot, shared their stories and Lenten lunches in Brentwood, danced to Latin American music in Leeds, met pig farmers in Pocklington and celebrated the announcement of a new Pope with supporters in North Wales. If you would like to read more about what the group got up to in their travels accross England and Wales, check out the Connect2 blog which can be found here.
Our thanks and warmest wishes go with Erasmo, Fidel, Sandra and Julia as they return home to continue their good work with CAFOD, and we pray that they have a safe trip.
The group’s visit was organised as part of the Connect2 programme. To learn more about Connect2 and how your parish might get involved, visit the Connect2 webpage http://www.cafod.org.uk/connect2, or get in touch with us at the CAFOD Westminster office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 449 6970.