The Vicariate for Caritas was established by Bishop Robert in January 2020. A prophetic step as three months later the church, along with the whole of society, was in lockdown, experiencing great loneliness, fear and need. Caritas Hexham and Newcastle helped to overcome these issues and continues to help us make real the vision of Pope Francis within our diocese, that of being one people, interdependent upon one another. It has seldom been more needed than right now.
The Caritas Network brings together many groups and individuals within the diocese to reach out the hand of friendship, to walk with one another in mutual support. Over the last 20 months as Episcopal Vicar for Caritas I have had the great privilege of encountering the most amazing volunteers – people just like you – and the most humble, grateful and dignified people in need. The Network meets on the first Friday of each month, from 1:30pm, if any groups would like to be represented that are not currently listed, then please contact the EV for Caritas, Fr Adrian Tuckwell.
If you follow the links you will discover the great work which is taking place, in your name, by a few dedicated staff and so many volunteers. If what you see moves you, then please respond. Perhaps you can offer your time and talents to one of the groups mentioned. You may be inspired to establish a local group or take up the call to advocate on behalf of someone in need. You may be able to support or lead a campaign to address injustice. You may be in a position to contribute financially to our work or you may be in need of the help and support that one of our groups provides. If I may speak on behalf of all involved we need your help and truly look forward to hearing from you.
Please follow the links, read the stories, open your hearts so that together we can live out our diocesan values and build God’s kingdom here on earth – Trust, Service, Respect, Integrity, Compassion.