CAFOD livesimply

St Johns has registered to become a CAFOD livesimply parish. We are on a journey....

The livesimply challenge is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

More than 40 parishes have registered to accept the livesimply challenge.

What is the CAFOD livesimply challenge?

It is a challenge to communities who can show how they have been living:

  • Simply through spiritual action.
  • In solidarity with people in poverty.
  • Sustainably with creation.

Some livesimply communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, join a climate change campaign, or donate to a local food bank. The registration celebrates what we have already done and inspires us to do more. It helps our community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.

Registering for the livesimply challenge

To register we were able to demonstrate to CAFOD that our parishioners are:

  • Praying for peace in the world through praying the rosary together before weekend masses.
  • Working in solidarity with people in poverty through being an integral part of the Churches Together Soup Run, and also through the support of our charities that give aid to the developing world.
  • In the process of creating the River Avon Garden project to sustain God’s creation of flowers, birds and insects.

Qualifying for a livesimply award

To qualify for a CAFOD livesimply award we will need to pass an assessment by independent CAFOD assessors. It means looking at how as a community we can live even more simply so that others can simply live.

Do you have suggestions to share? Please email Irene Prentice, CAFOD contact at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our registration certificate can be viewed here.