Hello to everyone who came along to the very first Diocese of Portsmouth Charities and Outreach Group Conference held at St Bede’s in Basingstoke. It was wonderful to see so many people there on the day!
Father Mark Hogan, the Episcopal Vicar for New Evangelisation, welcomed everyone to the conference which was held in celebration of this Extraordinary Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and we started in prayer.
We then heard from some of the many charitable organisations within the Catholic Church here in our diocese which strive to express the merciful love of Christ including The Medaille Trust, SVP, Apostleship of the Sea, Poitiers Care and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth. The conference then ended with a talk on the progress of Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth and their plans for the future by Caroline Virgo and Gerry Penfold.
It was great to hear from so many different Catholic charities and to see all the displays around the room from many more.
Participants said they ‘loved to hear about all the charities’ and appreciated the ‘opportunity for networking and sharing ideas’. The group will go through the evaluations now to see how we can improve on it all next year.
The Charities and Outreach Group (of which CAFOD Portsmouth is a member) is part of the Diocesan Framework for Collaboration and formed in February. One of its first actions has been to hold this day to provide an opportunity for everyone interested and involved in the work of charitable organisations within our diocese to come together to meet one another and find out more about each other’s work.
As a member of the group, we really appreciated the chance to take part and want to thank everyone who took part and came along. You really made it an excellent morning. And special thanks to all the SVP Basingstoke volunteers who organised all the refreshments so well and really made everything run so smoothly.