On Friday 4 October, Harvest Fast day, supporters from across South Wales gathered to celebrate the official opening of the new CAFOD South Wales office and to share in a simple Fast Day lunch.
The opening of the new office, based in the historic Castle Arcade in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre, was led by a blessing from Fr Chris Fuse. This celebration was also an opportunity to bless the new Romero Cross that now takes pride of place in the centre of the office.
“This opening is an important milestone for CAFOD in South Wales and Herefordshire”
said Kieran O’Brien, manager of CAFOD South Wales.
“We were reminded today by Oscar Romero’s words that from now and then we need to take a step back and take the long view. Today’s celebration was a chance to do exactly this, to thank the long term supporters and volunteers for their energy and enthusiasm for helping us to get to where we are today as well as look at where we want to go over the next few years”
As a special thank you to the Rosminian community who had accommodated CAFOD in their Richmond Road office for over 13 years, Fr Chris Fuse was presented with a CAFOD print thanking the Rosminians for their incredible generosity and support over the years, with special reference to Fr David Myers
who had been instrumental in helping CAFOD set up their office in South Wales.
“It was wonderful to see so many of our long term supporters gather for this important occasion”
said Bernie Mills, CAFOD’s Diocesan officer,
“we put together a display of photographs from the last 20 years or so. It was amazing to see the people in those photos are still supporting us today. They truly are the lifeblood of CAFOD”.
Please view our photos of the event below, as well as a picture of our photo board that we pulled together for the event.