Sacred Heart Primary School, Hastings learn about refugees in the Year of Mercy

Anne Barry, our Education Volunteer Coordinator, was recently welcomed by Sacred Heart Primary School in Hastings where she spoke about The Year of Mercy.

‘We were particularly looking at ‘Welcoming the Outsider’ as one of the corporal works of mercy and thinking about what that means regarding refugees.

‘The children were totally engaged and had great empathy with the plight of the children – children who are so like themselves, with similar hopes, dreams and ambitions.

‘We were fortunate to be able to bring along a Lampedusa Cross and all present appreciated the story.’


Sacred Heart Hastings and Anne Barry displaying the Corporal Works of Mercy and the Lampedusa Cross.

Martin Brown, from CAFOD A&B said ‘We are delighted that all at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Hastings were able to hear what Anne had to say and get a sense of the plight of refugees. I know various parishes and schools have had the chance to reflect on the Lampedusa Cross and have found it quite a profound and moving experience.

‘Our thanks go to the Sacred Heart Community for their openness and welcome and also to Anne Barry for her fruitful efforts to raise awareness of such important global issues to the amazing children and young people of the diocese.’


A Message of Hope for Refugees written by a Sacred Heart school pupil

If you are interested in hosting the Lampedusa Cross or are interested in being a School Volunteer please get in touch with us on 01483 898 866 or

Why not click through to write your own message of hope for a refugee?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.