CAFOD were the first group to use the new venue The Cornerstone at St David’s in Cardiff town centre.
Supporters from across the diocese met up at the new venue space as a chance to hear about Lent 2013 resources, listen to speakers, engage in workshops and meet other supporters from across the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
We welcomed Camilla Storrie who came from London to speak about her recent overseas trip in Rwanda. She gave an account of her trip, which included a video from the community in Musha, Rwanda as well as a short video from a parish in East Anglia who had set up a link with the Rwandan community.
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A workshop in the day also included the new Emmaus Meal pack, a booklet that contains stories, menus, activities and materials to run a parish meal activity, that offers a way of reflecting on stories from the global south and how we can each respond to them.
I was absolutely delighted with the day
said Kieran O’Brien, manager for CAFOD South Wales,
We had a large number at the gathering which was a good representation from across the Archdiocese. This day was a chance for supporters to learn more and be inspired by the work of CAFOD.
This was also a chance to use the new diocesan hall space The Cornerstone. This central venue is not only ideal in terms of its location, the facilities and space were perfect for our meeting. We believe this resource will be a great asset to the Archdiocese of Cardiff for future meetings and initiatives.
Bernie Mills, CAFOD Diocesan Officer, added
It was wonderful to meet up with so many of our supporters in the diocese, they were an inspiration. The day gave me a chance to meet people and put names to faces, and to hear about the great work that is going on in the different parishes in the area.
Supporters all agreed that they wanted to continue to meet up in a similar meeting style for future events and all took resources and materials back to their parish communities to use throughout the year.