News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
According to Gov.co.uk, a ‘total of 86 people have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to education, children’s services, and improving social mobility in the New Year’s Honours List 2019.’
Ann Connor, retired Education Advisor at the Department for Education, was one of the 86 individuals that received this prestigious award for services to education. Ann has clearly made an impact in her career and as a result, Education Secretary, Damian Hinds congratulated all who were recognised and thanked each for ‘…helping young people reach their potential. Your incredible work has enhanced countless lives across the country’. Bishop Eton parish, also recognised Ann’s great work, sharing, ‘Ann has led our Core Team for the past few years and was the inspiration for and has overseen the Resettlement Programme. We are blessed that she and so many others use their gifts in building up this community of faith’. This award is the cumulative recognition of a career’s worth of dedication and achievement that has benefited the young people of our communities.
It is through the work of the Resettlement Programme that I was first inspired by Ann. Ann is a dedicated individual with keen intellect, emotional intelligence, and compassion for those she works with. Ann is also keenly passionate for the work she does with the Resettlement Programme. I have had the fortunate opportunity to get to know Ann a little bit, and each time I spend time with her, I walk away having learned something different. Ann may have passed the baton in her career with the DfE, but here in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, we continue to benefit from her wisdom and leadership. We are very fortunate to have her guidance.
The Good Shepherd and the Good Samaritan
Our founder, Father James Nugent initiated The Good Shepherd appeal in 1902 to help the most vulnerable children and adults in the North West, and it continues to do so every year with schools across the Archdiocese taking part in fundraising activities to support the work we do.
The theme for this year’s Good Shepherd Appeal is ‘The Good Samaritan: Join the journey-walk in faith’, linking in with Synod 2020 and regarding everyone as your neighbour and therefore your neighbour being anyone who is in need of our help.
The Good Samaritan gave the gift of himself, his time, his money, his care and love for the poor man in need of his help and Jesus challenges us to ‘go and do the same’.
Schools across the archdiocese have been applying the theme to their fundraising activities, with some fun and creative activities taking place, including: a Bunny Hop, Good Shepherd Market and a Pyjama and Teddy Party, discos and bingo, sponsored walks and a Spring fair, a black and white themed non-uniform day and Easter raffles, to name a few.
Our team have also been out visiting schools and finding out what they are doing and supporting them with information and fundraising packs. There are a lot of Schools who have been supporting our Good Shepherd appeal for many years, and in the last 5 years alone have helped raise over £272,000.
It is humbling to see the number of children, young people and their families giving their time to help the people we support across the archdiocese and we are very grateful for their continued commitment to helping those less fortunate.