Children of St Thomas journey for refugees

Jenny Seymour one of CAFOD Hallam’s school volunteers recently took the children of St Thomas of Canterbury on a journey of solidarity with refugees and their messages of hope were truly inspirational

CAFOD Message of Hope for Refugees

The schools team for CAFOD have written a beautiful and thought-provoking workshop which takes children on a pilgrimage considering some of the issues that refugees have to face and the reasons that refugees start on their potentially perilous journey.  The pilgrimage is inspired by the events that took place on the small Mediterranean island of Lampedusa in October 2013, but raises some current issues.


Hope is all you need! World Peace.

At the end of this journey of solidarity, the children are asked to write their messages of hope for refugees around the world today.  Originally, these messages were offered up at a mass for refugees at the end of the Year of Mercy, but messages written this year are being hand delivered to refugees within the UK.  The results are truly inspirational.

Schools and parishes are still able to take part in the Lampedusa pilgrimages led by your school or parish volunteer. Please contact your schools volunteer or the CAFOD Hallam Office to book your visit.


You are Loved – inspirational messages of hope for refugees


St. Mary Magdalene pray for refugees

Janet Royan, Parish Contact at St. Mary Magdalene in Maltby, tells us how the parish spent time reflecting on the plight of refugees.

St. Mary Magdalene Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

Messages of hope for refugees (photo courtesy of Geoff Spark).

“To make Lent special this year, our CAFOD group organised a pilgrimage around the church in solidarity with refugees.  Over two consecutive Sunday afternoons, we used a liturgy put together by the Jesuit Refugee Service, CAFOD and CSAN – and very moving it was too.

We were fortunate to be able to use one of our diocesan Lampedusa crosses, made by a Sicilian carpenter using wreckage from boats crammed with refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean which did not make it to land. This was our focus.

The pilgrimage finished with an opportunity to write messages of hope, support and love to refugees already in this country. The photo shows how we displayed our messages in the church.”

If you’re inspired to take action on the refugee crisis too, CAFOD has a range of resources which can help, along with details of how we and our partners are responding.

Invitation to Doncaster pilgrimage with the Lampedusa Cross


In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are encouraged to go on a pilgrimage by Pope Francis.  Hallam Justice & Peace Commission is leading a Diocesan pilgrimage using the Lampedusa Cross liturgy to pray in solidarity with all refugees and those forced to leave their homes by war and persecution.  Please join us on

Saturday, 22 October 2016 

at 1.00pm 

in St Peters-in-Chains, 

Chequer Road,



We will go home after meeting together; they may never see their homes again.

Click here for more information on CAFOD’s Refugee Appeal.

Tea and coffee will be available in the Church Hall before and after the pilgrimage