Hexham and Newcastle campaigners attend retreat to reflect on the Year of Mercy

Katie Binns, our communications intern, reports on a day well-spent in Leeds.

CAFOD Campaigners attended a special day of reflection where explored how they can continue to live out Pope Francis’ call to be “witnesses of mercy.”

On 19th November, enthusiastic campaigners from our diocese attended a special CAFOD retreat day where they reflected on their understanding of the Year of Mercy.


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During the day, the volunteers attended workshops, where they learned about the meaning of mercy, studied extracts from Laudato Si’ and explored the story of the Prodigal Son.

Dave Cross, Community Participation Coordinator, said, “It was really good to unpack the main messages behind Laudato Si’ that took us beyond just seeing the encyclical as something about climate change; but it was something much more than that.”

They then had a shared a lunch, which was made from contributions from the group, each bringing their own dish. After lunch, they group had time for personal reflection where they then re-joined to share their thoughts.

The Year of Mercy officially ended on the 20 November, on the Feast of Christ the King and celebrations were held across the country.

Throughout the month of November, CAFOD held 17 retreat days across the country where attendees discussed the works of mercy and the meaning linked to action in our families, communities and in our world.

Campaigns Manager, Sarah Croft, said: “The retreat was an opportunity to be refreshed and sustained; it allowed volunteers to take time out from everyday life to reflect on their own faith journey, in the company of other CAFOD supporters and in peaceful surroundings.

During the day, we explored the Scriptures and Church teaching together. We also took time to learn from each other’s experiences and to be inspired and enriched by stories from CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.”

Go to the CAFOD website for a range of resources to help you to pray and reflect on Laudato Si’ and the spirituality of creation. You can also find some suggestions for ways in which you can join with our campaign for climate justice.


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