CAFOD Shrewsbury were privileged to welcome Ethiopian visitors this weekend. We were joined by Abba Teum ,Director of the Adigrat Diocese Catholic Secretariat (ADCS) and Abba Solomon a priest from Sebeya thecommunity featured in Connect2 Ethiopia. They were joined on the visit by Tamiru Legesse CAFOD’s Ethiopian Communications Officer who is based in Addis Ababa. Tamiru works for CAFOD Trocaire and SCIAF.
Our visitors had a busy schedule here in Shrewsbury. On Thursday evening Abba Teum presented to a group of supporters who came from that part of the diocese at St Vincent’s Parish Hall Altrincham. On Friday they split up and visited to longstanding groups who run Soup lunches at St Werburgh’s and St Laurence’s and at St Alban’s Parishes. Our visitors were able to experience how some of our supporters raise funds. At the events our visitors presented framed letters from Chris Bain and a Romero cross to each group and were able to share something of their work with our supporters.
Friday evening they took part in our fourth Novena Mass for peace at Christ Church Heald Green. Abba Teum and Abba Solomon concelebrated Mass with Fr Lomas. After mass refreshments were served in the hall and we were joined by members of an ecumenical group. Abba Teum in hiis role as Director ga\ve an overview of the situation in the Adigrat Diocese and how CAFOD has been a long term partner. He showed the needs of the people and the difference that their work was making to the lives of the people. He urged CAFOD to continue to work with the Diocese as there was still much to be achieved. Tamiru showed a film and a powerpoint focussed on Sebeya our Connect2 Ethiopian Community.
On Sunday we again split up again. Abba Solomon and Abba Teum and Anne Fegan (who accompanied our visitors) went with Sue to Holy Name of Jesus in Birkenhead a Connect2 Parish. Abba Solomon preached on the Holy Trinity a coincidence as his Church in Sebeya is called Holy Trinity. They met Holy Family parishioners in the hall afterwards where they spoke about their work. In a similar vein Abba Teum visited Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Bernard Parish who are longstanding CAFOD and Connect2 supporters. Fr Niall Mullaley and the parishioner made Abba Teum very welcome and were so interested in his stories.
At the end of an eventful visit Anne accompanied Abba Solomon and Tamiru to London for their flight home and Abba Teum visited families and former parishioners in the Huyton area where he supplied in the early 1980’s. May God bless us all as continue to work together for justice and peace.
Supporters from wales joined us for Lunch on Friday afternoon. more pictures to come.