About Kieran O'Brien

As CAFOD Diocesan Manager for South Wales I cover the two dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia. I promote and support fundraising, education, campaigning and other CAFOD related initiatives in the area, encouraging as many people as possible to support our work around the world.

Retreat – Countering Consumerism

In his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), Pope Francis encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

We’re gathering together to do just that on Thursday 29 November at the Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran NP44 3Y (11-4 pm). We’ll be exploring Scripture and Church teaching and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas. Continue reading

Praying simply at Llantarnam

Volunteers and supporters from across Wales and Herefordshire gathered together to reflect on CAFOD’s Harvest appeal, and to learn more about how to pray simply, in order that we can live more simply.

The day, led by Therese Warwick and Kieran O’Brien, touched upon the stories of our partners featured in the Harvest appeal, which was then followed by a time to pray and reflect contemplatively. Continue reading

Romero talk by Clare Dixon

Blessed Oscar Romero, due to be canonised in October, was one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. In preparation for his canonisation we are delighted to welcome speaker Clare Dixon, who has an incredible insight and knowledge of Romero’s legacy through her work and close ties with communities in Latin America.

The Cornerstone, Charles St, Cardiff, CF10 2GA

Sat 6 October – 7:00pm

Mass 5:30, tea and coffee 6:30, talk at 7:00pm

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Day of reflection at Llantarnam Abbey

We are delighted to be holding a Day of Reflection on Harvest this year, which will be a chance to stop and reflect and to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day of reflection is a free retreat, open to all of our volunteers and supporters, and will offer a chance to pray simply, to reflect and to learn more about CAFOD’s work overseas.

The day will be held at Ty Croeso, Llantarnam Abbey on Saturday 1 September, 11:00 – 4:00.  Coffee from 10.30 am. All welcome.

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CAFOD international staff visit Cardiff

Marta’s water filter was provided by our partner, and uses materials such as sand and gravel to provide clean water.

As part of strengthening relationships with our overseas work to our work in our communities, we are delighted to have Moise and Kelechi visit Cardiff to speak to supporters and volunteers about their work in Niger and Nigeria. The meeting will be held at the Cornerstone on Friday 6 July at 14:00.  Continue reading

Share the Journey walk around Cardiff Bay

Parishioners from across the Cardiff Archdiocese walk in solidarity with people on the move, as inspired by Pope Francis’s campaign Share the Journey. The walk, which took in the beautiful scenery of Cardiff Bay, offered a chance to reflect about the challenges and struggles that millions of people across the world are faced with when they are forced to move. Continue reading

World gifts are not just for Christmas! Jenny from Porthcawl tells us more…

Parishioners from Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Porthcawl, have been enormously generous in supporting our volunteer Jenny Worthington as she set out to walk the CAMINO Way for CAFOD.

Her mission was to find enough sponsors to reach her goal of funding a CAFOD World Gift – a Health Centre.  This amazing World Gift can pay for the running costs of a life-saving clinic in a remote community.  It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare.

Read Jenny’s moving account in her own words… Continue reading