Sister Yvonne leaves lasting impression

CAFOD Nottingham’s school volunteer Anna Bourke has written to express hersr-yvonne delight at  a recent webinar which included a talk from Sister Yvonne Mwila Mwalula. CAFOD partner Sister Yvonne visited the country in February from Zambia and has clearly left a lasting impression with Anne. Read what Anne had to say below….
I have just listened to Sr Yvonne’s talk that was captured from the webinar in February.

I was unable to listen to the live link on the day and was so disappointed.
Thankfully you had a plan B, talks in the UK and CAFOD capturing the webinar. Wonderful.

Anne Bourke

CAFOD volunteer Anna Bourke

It was excellent, so lucid and informative and gave a much fuller picture of the work in Mbala that expands on the Lent campaign. It helps you see Florence’s achievements together with the community’s effort to develop livelihoods and recover their independence as well as supporting the next generation.


There were excellent slides with quotations and information that will help me when I return to schools or my parish to do thank you assemblies and explain how CAFOD is helping to make a difference.

Capturing and sharing talks like this is a great way to disseminate information for individuals or for sharing in a group – a real pearl of a resource. Sister Yvonne is such a skilled presenter and it was inspiring to hear her work.

Anna Bourke

Lent Fast Day 2016


Happy New Year from CAFOD Nottingham!

With Easter being early this year Lent and Lent Fast Day will soon be upon us.  Louise and I, with the support of CAFOD volunteers, have been busy organising some events around the Diocese and attach two documents below giving details of when and where.

This year’s Lenten appeal will once again focus on the live saving gift of water.  So we’re asking people to think about the fact that clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people don’t have access to these basic services. We want to ask YOU to ‘turn on the taps’ and get support going for those who have to do without water BUT that we can help if we are supported.  By attending one of our events you will learn about Proscovia in Uganda and hear her story.

We are delighted to welcome Laureta Madegwa from CAFOD Nairobi who will be attending the event on 30th January at the McGuinness Centre in Nottingham.  At other events we will welcome Jason and Bea, our CAFOD Step into the Gap young people who will have returned from visiting our partners in Zimbabwe and Peru.

So please take a look and see if there is an event you can attend , and. even better, bring along a friend!

CAFOD Lent Briefing 2016 poster pdf

CAFOD events poster Lent 2016

If we haven’t managed to get to where you live, we plan to do this either after Easter or for Harvest Fast Day!



Fr Pius Win Than visits Leicester

Fr Pius with Kesna, Greta and Kevin

Fr Pius with Kesna, Greta and Kevin

At the end of April we were delighted to welcome Fr Pius Win Than, CAFOD partner from Pathein Diocese in Myanmar, to our diocese during his first trip to the UK.

Fr Pius is Associate Director of Caritas Pathein.  Fr Pius and Caritas Pathein were directly involved in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the worst cyclone to hit Myanmar and have been leading on helping communities to rebuild after the disaster.

Fr Pius’ first stop was St Paul’s Secondary School in Leicester, beginning with a guided tour of the beautiful new school buildings, led by three confident and friendly members of the Student Council, Kesna, Kevin and Greta. Fr Pius then spoke to two groups of year 10 students who were all studying poverty and effective ways to alleviate it as part of their RE course. The school community kindly provided lunch and the opportunity to meet a small group of student Parish Ambassadors, 6th form students who had taken part in the schools trip to Ghana last year and further members of the student council.

Fr Pius met more students over lunch

Fr Pius met more students over lunch

Thank you to Seamus O’Looskan, Chaplain, and all staff and students involved, for their hospitality and warmth. Fr Pius was very impressed by the school and was very interested in the British education system in general. He said he was going home with lots of photographs and new ideas!

In the evening, Fr Pius was hosted by Mother of God Parish in Leicester , where he was able to speak to a groups of interested CAFOD supporters and volunteers from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby and to answer their questions. Thanks go to those parishioners who set up the room and provided refreshments as well as to all those who made the effort to attend.

In each of his presentations,  Fr Pius explained with the aid of photographs, what it had been like to be experience Cyclone Nargis and the work that had been done since to provide preparedness training for children and adults to mitigate the effect of future disasters. Caritas Pathein is also working with several communities to improve food security through better farming methods and community rice banks, improve access to clean drinking water and provide training in hygiene and  provide education for children through volunteer teachers and provision of nursery schooling.

FR Pius at Mother of God Parish

FR Pius at Mother of God Parish

Fr Pius pointed out that Caritas Pathein does not just work with Catholics and that most communities are majority Buddhist. This even-handness, together with the success of the work around disaster risk reduction, in particular, has led to increasingly good relations with Buddhist leaders and the government authorities.

Fr Pius ended by offering his heartfelt gratitude to all those who support CAFOD financially as it helps to make his work a reality and improve the lives of the communities with which he works.