Jenny Seymour, Volunteer at CAFOD Hallam will be taking part in her parish Share the Journey Event on May 12th.
For too long the refugee crisis has been at the forefront of the news and more and more people are being forced to flee their homes.
This year Pope Francis has called on all of us to share that journey. Now of course, he isn’t asking us to leave our homes and family and flee. Instead, he is asking us to all take a walk of solidarity to show refugees that we support them in their plight and asking governments to listen and look after our brothers and sisters around the world.
CAFOD have developed this message into their campaign this summer – Share the Journey. Everyone is being asked to walk a short way – perhaps a mile each or more and CAFOD are hoping that, together, we will have walked the equivalent of the perimeter of the world! What a target!
On Saturday May 12, parishes from the 4 corners of the Hallam diocese in Sheffield (North, south, east and west!) are taking part in their own Share the Journey walk. My parish, Mother of God, will be taking part in the Share the Journey walk from church (on Abbeydale Road) into Sheffield City Centre where we’ll all congregate at noon outside the Town Hall where we will be met by Louise Haigh MP.
Rita McManus, who felt inspired by Pope Francis’ message and the fact that CAFOD are running this campaign has organised our parish involvement and can’t wait to get walking! “Share the Journey is a golden opportunity to demonstrate hope and solidarity – 2 of CAFOD’s principles” says Rita.
Whilst all the starting points are churches, there is no need to be of any faith to join this walk. If you are simply concerned about the treatment of refugees around the world – Please join us on 12 May either on the walk or outside the Town Hall. The more people that share this journey, the more the plight of the refugees will be remembered. If you can’t join us, please do take action by signing our online petition.