Be part of Refugee Week with a Share the Journey walk
18 June 2018
This International Refugee Week (18-24 June) CAFOD supporters are holding Share the Journey walks organised in their local communities. Here are three ways you can Share the Journey during this inspiring week to show your solidarity with migrants and refugees.
1. Find your local Share the Journey walk
“[It was] a thought provoking walk. I had not thought before of how many people are on the move around the world” said Bernadette after walking nearly four miles on a Share the Journey walk in Hartley at the beginning of June.
Like Bernadette, you can show solidarity with migrants and refugees during Refugee Week by walking with us on our symbolic journey around the world. Begin by finding out where your nearest Share the Journey walk is happening. It's an opportunity to meet people in your local community, reflect and pray together for migrants and refugees.
Hundreds of exciting walks are talking place across England and Wales. In Keswick, supporters are planning a circular walk to and from the Millennium Seat on the Lake foreshore. In Diss, Judith from St Henry Morse is organising a Share the Journey walk with a picnic. And in Worthing, parishioners are organising a walk where you can choose the distance you walk: one, two, three or four miles.
Find a Share the Journey walk in your area and invite your family and friends to come too.
If there's no event organised in your area download our organiser's guide and think about setting one up.
2) Pray for refugees this Refugee Week
Open our eyes and hearts, to the God-given dignity of all your people. Move us to welcome our neighbours, and so bear witness to your love.
Extract from Share the Journey Prayer
Why not take time during this Refugee week to stop each day to pray personally for our neighbours who are forced to flee their homes? Use one of those prayers to inspire you:
3) Get political: stand up for refugees and migrants
Pope Francis has declared this year to be a "unique opportunity" for us to press our governments to make global commitments centred around the human dignity of refugees and migrants. Add your voice to his and urge Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming agreements on migration and refugees.
If you're organising a Share the Journey walk you can ask walkers to sign the petition before they go home.
4) Discover global acts of solidarity
Catholic communities around the world have been standing in solidarity with refugees this week.
In Mexico, "San Juan Diego", a house for migrants, is organising a shared meal with the local community. In Burundi, Caritas and other CAFOD partners are launching a new food programme and visiting Congolese refugee camps. In the Catholic Kawaramachi Church in Kyoto, Japan, Caritas is inviting its supporters for a district seminar on migrant and refugees.
Find out how Catholics around the globe are marking International Refugee Week and get involved yourself by organising or attending a Share the Journey walk in your community.