A pilgrimage of solidarity
The years 2010, 2011 and 2012 are significant dates for CAFOD in the North East of England. 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the first family fast day collection for overseas projects. 2012 marks 50 years since the foundation of the organisation CAFOD as the official development and humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church. And 2011 is also special as it marks the 25th anniversary of CAFOD in the North East of England. We are celebrating and giving thanks in ways which can include all people of all ages who have a connection with CAFOD work overseas, including the beneficiaries of all the projects that have come about in the last 50 years.
Walking can be a great act of solidarity which links to giving and taking action. It links people of all ages and backgrounds, links people in all countries with each other, and links social activity with action for change. There are benefits to our health, benefits to the environment, and benefits to our spiritual wellbeing. It’s even possible to take a pushchair or wheelchair if you can’t manage the miles on your own two feet.
Over the next year we would like to encourage your family, school, parish or your workplace to organise your own walk -anything from the Stations of the Cross to the Pennine way, to walk in contemplation, raise awareness, improve health, fundraise but most importantly walk in solidarity with those in the world who are less well off.
Together with the other diocese in the North East of England we are planning pilgrimages and spiritual events from Hallam to Holy Island via Leeds, Middlesbrough and Hexham & Newcastle Diocese.
Our walking will begin with our May Day Trek on 2nd May. There will be a Mass of Solidarity on 13th June at Blessed Sacrament Church, Barnsley and a special celebration on Holy Island involving all dioceses on 9th July.
For tips on how to organise your own walking event, links to resources to develop a pilgrimage and for the most up to date information on planned events please visit www.cafod.org.uk/uk/hallam or telephone the CAFOD office on 0114 2687817.