At the Spring General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which took place in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this week, bishops expressed their deep gratitude to families, schools and parishes, all over Ireland, for their generosity towards last year’s Lenten appeal which raised €8.5m for those in need.
The 2018 Trócaire annual lecture was held in Saint Patricks College, Maynooth, on Tuesday 6 March. The keynote speaker for the lecture was David Donoghue, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York, who spoke on the theme, ‘Leaving no one behind: can the promise be fulfilled?’
In his talk Mr Donoghue reflected on the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015 which marked an historic agreement by 196 countries to end poverty and put the world on a path to sustainable development. He also analysed the changing global context and whether the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ can be achieved.
This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the story of Kumba, a seven-year-old girl from Sierra Leone who six months ago narrowly survived a mudslide. Over 1,000 people in her community lost their lives in the space of just four minutes when the mudslide hit after heavy rains. Kumba and her family escaped unharmed but their home was destroyed, along with all their belongings.
Trócaire’s campaign focuses on the growing number of people being affected by humanitarian crises around the world. From those displaced by violence to families facing threats from climate change and natural disasters, Trócaire’s work is increasingly focused on supporting people who have been forced from their homes.
Bishops expressed their deep gratitude to families, schools and parishes, all over Ireland, for their generosity towards last year’s Lenten appeal which raised €8.5m, an increase of €1.1m on 2016. The money raised each Lent allows Trócaire to support over two million people in the developing world and bishops asked people to give generously again to this year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign.
For more information on supporting this year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign, please see www.trocaire.org.