About cafodnorthwales

CAFOD North Wales works in the diocese of Wrexham with parishes, schools and volunteers to spread our global mission of justice.

Share the Journey Walk in Tywyn and Abergele

A big Thank You to the 12 members from St Theresa’s Church, Abergele and Christ the King Church, Tywyn who took part in a Share the Journey Walk around Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele. They walked approximately 10 miles adding an amazing 120 miles to our online totaliser!

Felicity Bryant, who organised the event, said “Despite the heat- I did enjoy the walk. We were really pleased people came from both churches. We had time to read the five stories of such courageous and genuine people and to say the prayer as we walked around the park. It was a positive action to fill our cards at the end of the afternoon.”

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CAFOD supporters completing their Share the Journey walk

Here in the Wrexham Diocese we are walking in solidarity with refugees and migrants. By walking we are sending a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

If you would like to organise a walk in your parish or community, use our organiser’s guide to help plan your walk. Take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes.

Sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations and organise a solidarity walk in your parish or community.

By June 2018 we reached our initial goal of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world.
By July 2018 we managed to walk around the world a second time and are now on our third leg around the world!

Share the Journey Walk in Anglesey

On the 22nd June, Anglesey held a Share the Journey walk where 32 people joined in, each walking 2 miles which adds a further 64 miles to our online totaliser.

The event, organised by CAFOD volunteer Tony McNicholl, was a huge success which joined people from all faiths and backgrounds including Catholics, Church in Wales, Presbyterian, no-denomination, and Muslims who were Syrian refugees.

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Participants of the Anglesey Share the Journey walk.

The walk was organised around the promenade which has strong links to migrants and refugees.
During the First World War, refugees from German-occupied Mechelen (or Malines) in Belgium were accommodated in Menai Bridge. In gratitude for the town’s hospitality, they built the 400 metre long promenade along the Menai Strait from Ynys Tysilio (Church Island) to Carreg yr Halen, completing it in 1916.

The 63 Belgian refugees – men, women and children – arrived by train in October 1914 and were greeted in French by the Bishop of Bangor. From Menai Bridge station (south of the Strait), road vehicles took them to the town, passing Royal Welsh Fusiliers who provided a guard of honour on both bridges. At the New Hall in Menai Bridge, the refugees were welcomed by a crowd and given a hearty meal. When the local band played the Belgian national anthem, many of the refugees cried.
Most of the refugees lived at three houses in Menai Bridge, with 12 housed at the Village Hall in Llandegfan.
It was rebuilt in 1963. The ceremonial reopening in 1965 was performed by the only surviving refugee, Eduard Wilhelms. The promenade was resurfaced in 2000 as part of a millennium project.


Promenade along Menai Strait built by refugees.

Share the Journey allows us to take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes. Sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations and organise a solidarity walk in your parish or community.

Colette takes on the CAFOD’s Climate Champion opportunity!

Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith.  Being a Climate Champion is CAFOD’s international volunteer opportunity that will enable young people to gain new experiences, meet other volunteers from across Europe and play their part in creating a better world.  CAFOD in Liverpool’s Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, has taken on the challenge and is excited about the opportunities ahead.  She said, “I’m really excited to be volunteering for CAFOD as a Climate Champion!  It will be really good to experience an opportunity that usually I am promoting to other people’.

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CAFOD’s Climate Champions 2018 are ready for their trips to Poland and Belgium in the summer

As a CAFOD climate champion, young people from across England and Wales will take part in international workshops on sustainability with other Catholic young people from across Europe. On their return, they will raise awareness about climate change and sustainable living in our communities.

‘I will be going to a sustainability camp in Belgium for a few days at the beginning of July with 14 other Climate Champions.  I am really intrigued to hear about new ways to live sustainably.  Its so important that we think about the way that we live.  Unfortunately, the world’s poorest people are impacted most by the effects of Climate Change, so the more we can do to prevent further damage to our planet, the better’.

‘I hope to learn a lot and to be able to bring it home, especially to discuss ideas with our Live Simply parishes and those considering to take on the award”.

We wish Colette lots of luck on her trip and look forward to hearing about it on her return!