Jonathan Inns is a CAFOD parish volunteer at St Clement’s church Ewell and he is also the CAFOD Area Coordinator for the Epsom area. He works full time and has a family to care for so how does he find the time to volunteer for CAFOD and what inspired him to become a volunteer.
“I have been a volunteering for CAFOD for several years. I believe my faith calls me to stand side by side with my brothers and sisters throughout the world who lack the essentials needed for a dignified life. CAFOD gives me the chance to work alongside my community of faith and shout out with one voice calling for change. Volunteering has brought me into contact with like-minded people and they have encouraged me to believe that together we can make a positive lasting difference. ”
Jonathan has recently led four study sessions on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ Care for our Common Home on Thursday evenings during in April and May. All the parishes in the Epsom Deanery were invited to attend the sessions and around 12-15 people attended each evening. The letter from the Pope provoked lively discussions and debate and they found the CAFOD study guide a useful tool to explore Laudato Si’. Jonathan is hoping that following on from the sessions his parish will consider becoming a livesimply parish and follow the call of the Pope to care for all of creation.
Many thanks to Jonathan for all his work for CAFOD and good luck with completing the livesimply award. We look forward to hearing all about it.
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If you would like more information on Laudato Si’ or livesimply award please contact us at the Arundel and Brighton volunteer centre or go to the CAFOD website.