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

Sr Yvonne delivers two Nottingham talks

A Zambian religious sister travelled 7,500 miles to deliver two inspiring talks in Nottingham about working alongside aid agency CAFOD.


Sr Yvonne Mwalula Mwila

Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila spoke at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour church in Nottingham on Saturday February 18.
Sister Yvonne then addressed parishioners the following day at St Barnabas Cathedral.

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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.