London Loop Share the Journey walk latest news.

CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign is inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move. This year we are urging Britain to play a leading role in agreeing the UN global compacts on migration and refugees. To demonstrate our solidarity with refuges CAFOD volunteers and supporters are completing a 24,900-mile walk around the world.

On 15 May, a group of walkers from Westminster Diocese embarked on a three-week journey to walk over 150 miles around the London loop. The walk will cross the dioceses of Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark. CAFOD East Anglia will be following their progress and adding updates to our blog, twitter feed and facebook pages.


The first day’s walk began at Elstree and finished 11 miles later in Cockfosters.

The first day’s walk began at Elstree and finished 11 miles later in Cockfosters. Laura Ouseley, a Barnet resident who is also CAFOD’s World News Officer, completed the walk while 37 weeks pregnant. She shared her experience of meeting pregnant women and mothers in Greece, Jordan and Lebanon who had fled Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.


Laura said: “I walked more than 11 miles with CAFOD in support of all the pregnant women around the world who have been forced from their homes because of conflict, persecution or disaster, and who have to walk for miles in search of safety for themselves and their families.”

The second day Ann was joined by many of the local CAFOD office volunteers as well as representatives from Parishes in Enfield, Edmonton and Barnet who walked with her from Cockfosters 9.5 miles to Enfield Lock. They were welcomed along the walk by various Christian Churches and their communities Christ Church Cockfosters, COE, in Cockfosters, St John the Baptist, COE, in Clay Hill and St Peter and Paul COE in Enfield Lock.


Ann was joined by many of volunteers as well as representatives from Parishes in Enfield, Edmonton and Barnet who walked with Ann from Cockfosters 9.5 miles to Enfield Lock

Tony Sheen, CAFOD’s representative in the Westminster Diocese, who joined the walk said, “It was lovely to discover how much beautiful countryside around London and to enjoy it walking with other CAFOD volunteers. It was also powerful and meaningful to reflect on plight of refugees and the journeys they have to make every day.  I highly recommend taking part in the CAFOD Share the Journey walk around the beautiful London Loop over the next few weeks.”

If you would like to talk part in the walk or want to find out more about  contact East Anglia’s  CAFOD Office on 01223 358552 or Email


Cathedral Share the Journey walk

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was held in record-breaking temperature of 25 degrees on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.

Bishop Alan welcomed a large group of young pilgrims who had walked across the Norfolk countryside to Walsingham after attending the Ignite Festival in Swaffham. Jo Fernandez Graham, lead catechist from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist explained that the Cathedral group chose to walk the last few miles to Walsingham as part of CAFOD’s Share the Journey Campaign. Launched by Pope Francis Share the Journey is a global campaign standing up for the rights of refugees and migrants. In support of this initiative, CAFOD is asking its supporters to help to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world! Jo shared her thoughts with CAFOD East Anglia.

‘The day dawned with a cloudless cerulean blue sky on bank holiday Monday 7th May when 116 young people from 12 parishes woke up at 5am in the field at Sacred Heart Convent, Swaffham, packed up their tents and were loaded on to a coach at 8am.  We were dropped off at All Souls Church, Waterden at 9.00am and from there began the 4 mile walk to the Slipper Chapel Shrine at Little Walsingham.  Fr Luke Goymour began the walk with an introduction to the tradition of walking in pilgrimage as a time of contemplation and fellowship with your fellow walkers along the journey.

We set off with a brisk pace set by Cat Williams from the Ignite team through the fields and leafy lanes of North Norfolk.  Two miles into the journey I heard one young person say, ” I can’t believe some people do this everyday with all their stuff!” We reached the Slipper Chapel Shrine at 11.45am and were met by 800 other pilgrims from across the diocese of East Anglia. From the Slipper Chapel we walked the last mile to the Abbey ruins at Walsingham for Adoration and Benediction at 3.00pm.

It was a truly blessed day, with perfect weather, uplifting prayer and good company – such a contrast to what our refugee brothers and sisters experience on their journeys – so we hold them in our prayers and pray for their safety, wellbeing and comfort as they walk towards freedom from oppression and war.’

Find out how you can join the campaign on CAFOD’s website