Inspiring Sister speaks of her work amongst Zambia’s poor

Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila will be visiting Nottingham diocese in February and you’re welcome to come and meet her!


Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila

“Go to places that nobody wants to go. Go and save the poor and the vulnerable. Do what others don’t want to do – especially if it is for the poor and the most vulnerable. The moment you forget Christ and the poor, you cease to exist.”

Powerful words, spoken by Fr. Victor Braun, founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They have inspired his congregation ever since, none more so than Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, Mother Superior of the Sisters in Mbala, northern Zambia. She devotes her time to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Zambia helping them to make a living as well as training them with new skills.


Florence in front of her fish pond

She works with people like Florence, women looking to provide for their families. With CAFOD’s support, the sisters were able to teach Florence how to build a fish pond and stock it with a bucketful of tiny fish, no bigger than your thumb! With time to grow, the fish are large enough to sell to give Florence an income with which to buy school books and clothes for her children.


The tilapia fish that Florence will farm

Sister Yvonne has a particular passion for people living with HIV and AIDS and she now works with the Households in Distress programme (HID) which aims to reduce impact of HIV/AIDS, working with poor and marginalised. The programme also supports young adults with special needs and vulnerable adults. Describing her work, she says “I feel so privileged to have been part of this service of love.”

We are delighted that Sr. Yvonne will be visiting our Nottingham Volunteer Centre on Saturday 18th February, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Come and meet her to hear some inspiring stories about the work she is able to do with your support.

Bishop Patrick to receive Lampedusa Cross

Maggie Mairura, CAFOD Nottingham Community Participation Coordinator writes….

As part of the Year of Mercy – Welcoming the Stranger and to recognize Refugee Week, on Thursday 23rd June 2016 at St Barnabas Cathedral, Bishop Patrick will receive the Diocesan Lampedusa Cross.

All are invited to celebrate Mass at 6.15pm, not only to pray for refugees but by writing a message of hope using CAFOD’s Year of Picture1Mercy Lampedusa Cross action card, we can show solidarity with refugees. These will then be dedicated at the end of the Year of Mercy and shared with refugees from all over the world.

Find out more about CAFOD and the Year of Mercy



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!