Our first Diocesan Share the Journey walk, in solidarity with people on the move, took place on Sunday the 8th of April. Fourteen members of the St Thomas Of Canterbury parish in Mayfield did the ‘Mayfield Walk’ after Mass.
‘The whole event was lovely.’ said Christine Georgeson, parish volunteer. ‘We said the Share the Journey prayer to begin the walk and talked about the issues the campaign is focusing on.
‘It started off raining a little but it soon stopped. We’re a small parish so easy to get to know each other and everyone said how much they enjoyed it. We finished with a lovely picnic and everyone got their campaign cards.’
Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move, with the Share the Journey campaign we are urging Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees. We are asking Prime Minister, Theresa May, and other world leaders to develop a united, global response which:
- respects human dignity
- protects the vulnerable
- supports host countries
- keeps families together
- tackles the reasons why people migrate
We are hoping to walk around the world with such walks. The world is 24,900 miles in circumference and we need your help. The fourteen people (not counting the dogs) in Mayfield walked a total of 56 miles. How many could you and your parish walk? Click to see our on-line totaliser to see how we’re doing so far.
Walks like this will be happening across the diocese and across England and Wales in solidarity with people on the move. Would you be able to organise one? See our website for more information on the campaign and how to organise a similar walk.
Our thanks go to Christine, the walkers and the St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield for organising the walk and sending us lovely pictures of it.