London celebrations

London’s Catholic dioceses marking Refugee Week

Weekly Refugee Vigil at the Home Office

Refugee Week will take place from June 20 to 26. The theme for this year’s Refugee Week is “Healing”. With the furore surrounding the government’s plan for Rwanda and the UN’s announcement that the global number of displaced people is at its highest level ever, this refugee week is an opportunity for action and reflection on this theme and on how we can be part of this ‘healing’ process.

You can visit the Refugee Week website (below) to access many fantastic events, both online and in person. One of the events listed is ‘Stories of Welcome’, organized jointly by Compassionate Communities (Diocese of London), the Diocese of Southwark and Caritas Westminster (details below).

Volunteer role of the local sanctuary schools manager

This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer alongside Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Westminster, Sanctuary Schools and Caritas Westminster. The Local SoS Manager will help schools recognize and build the capacity of sanctuary students seeking training by guiding them through sanctuary school accreditation. They will be part of a national network, receiving training and support from the sanctuary schools.


Youth 2000 – Subsidized places

Youth 2000 are holding their summer festival at Ampleforth Abbey from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August. Youth 2000 offers to subsidize places for shelter seekers who may wish to join. Please register your interest by contacting [email protected]

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In the first of a series of video messages for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis asks the question: how can we build a future where everyone lives in peace and prosperity?

The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Holy See invites contributions of videos or photos in response to this question to be part of the campaign. If you would like to get involved, you can email [email protected]

Westminster Justice and Peace and the London Catholic Workers’ Prayer Vigil

When: June 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Prayer vigil outside the Home Office to pray for migrants seeking safe passage to the UK. For more information, please contact Barbara Kentish at [email protected]

A home for everyone

When: June 20, 7 p.m.

Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JH

London Churches Refugee Fund Annual Speakers Meeting, with Reverend Dr Sam Wells speaking on “A Home for All: Meeting the Needs of Displaced Populations”

Sanctuary spaces

When: June 20, 6-8 p.m.

Join Caritas Westminster and the Anglican Dioceses of London and Southwark for an event celebrating those seeking sanctuary and celebrating the work of churches across London. One of the speakers is the Most Reverend Paul McAleenan, Diocese of Westminster and Senior Bishop for Migrants and Refugees. See:

In-person accommodation information session

When: June 26, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler St, London E1W 2QT

To attend and for more information, register through Eventbrite

This information session is for anyone who is hosting, wants to host, or is exploring other ways to provide support to those seeking refuge. The session is facilitated by the Jesuit Refugee Service, which runs the ‘At Home’ program.

Refugee Week June 20-26