CAFOD supporters in the Wrexham Diocese begin their Power to Be campaign

CAFOD believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things. But with one in six people still living with no electricity, the reality is that this isn’t always the case.  But with investment into local, renewable energy, children’s lives can be transformed.

 In our latest campaign, Power to be, we are encouraging schools and parishes in the Wrexham diocese to speak up and give children across the world the ‘Power to be’ by signing CAFOD’s campaign action cards.

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Parishioners of the Mission on Anglesey kickstarted the Power to Be Card signing at a CAFOD evening

The cards are part of a petition which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative in the World Bank, to invest in local and renewable energy which tackles poverty.

Nearly 90 per cent of people without electricity live in villages. It can be expensive and difficult to extend the main grid to homes, schools and clinics in rural areas. The cheapest, fastest, and most efficient solution is usually to provide mini-grids powered by renewables.

A selection of Power to Be cards

A selection of Power to Be cards

Colette Byrne said, “I’m delighted to support our campaign to the World Bank which aims to enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future. It is great to see support for the campaign from across Wrexham diocese”

By taking our Power to Be campaign action cards into your local parishes and schools, as well sharing them with your friends, pupils and families, you can help to make a real difference.

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The Power to Be logo

You can also use this opportunity to Speak Up about climate change at this year’s Week of Action from 1-9 July.  Take a card, gather your friends and meet with your newly elected local MP’s to show that you care about energy access for the world’s poorest people.

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online or call 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Wrexham Volunteer Centre on 01978 355 084 or email

CAFOD School Volunteer gets underway in role

St Mary's RC Primary Year 6 children participate in Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage

Year 6 Children at St Mary’s RC Primary in Wrexham participate in the CAFOD Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage as part of the Year of Mercy

New CAFOD School Volunteer, Clodagh Cherry made her first school visit in the Wrexham Diocese on 19th May when she visited the children at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Wrexham.  Clodagh, along with CAFOD Staff David Brinn and Colette Byrne, helped to deliver a school assembly on the Year of Mercy, and a Refugee workshop to a class of Year 6 children.  The workshop entailed the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, which the Year 6 class will be delivering to the rest of the school, and they will all be writing or drawing their own messages of hope which will be passed on to refugees here in the UK and abroad.

This year, Pope Francis has asked us all to go on pilgrimage to pray for those who have been forced to flee their homes.  At CAFOD North Wales, we are asking you to hold your own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage in your schools or parishes.  We have our very own Lampedusa Cross which will go on display in St Mary’s Cathedral, Wrexham.

For more information on the Lampedusa Cross or to hear how you can support CAFOD in your area, please contact Colette at or 07779 804 242.

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Wrexham Diocese CAFOD Mass of Remembrance

During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives.

Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today.

But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work. 

Friends like Auriel Samuelsen.

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Auriel Samuelsen was small in stature but she will be remembered as a “great, loving giant of a woman”; as described by her friend and fellow CAFOD volunteer, Sr Vianney Connolly.

Auriel’s life revolved around her faith, her love of education and her passion for justice. After visiting CAFOD projects in Sri Lanka she championed our Trade Justice Campaign and called for the improved treatment of female workers on tea plantations. She also helped Wrexham to become one of the country’s first Fairtrade Dioceses.

With characteristic pragmatism, Auriel took steps to safeguard our work through a gift in her will. In 2002 she told us: “ I’ve supported CAFOD for 20 years of my life so far, so it makes sense to carry on when I’m no longer here. We all want to leave behind something of use, and a legacy to CAFOD is exactly that.”

Auriel put down her placard for the last time in March 2011 but her fight for justice continues; and her memory lives on in the communities given help and hope by her lifetime of love, compassion and campaigning.



So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD North Wales will be holding its Memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter, at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Wrexham on Saturday, 8th November at 12 noon.

All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who have passed away. At our memorial Mass you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.

A book of remembrance will be presented and blessed by Bishop Peter at the Mass. If you would like to add a name to this list you would be very welcome; whether or not you can attend the service itself. Please get in touch with our office at or by calling 01978 355 084 if you’d like to know more.

Refreshments will be provided after the service, so we hope you’ll be able to stay on for a while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and staff. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.