Community and Participation Stories

Youth SVP

The Youth SVP group based at St Mary’s Church, Horsforth in the Leeds Diocese is one of over 120 Youth SVPs, currently active in schools and parishes throughout England & Wales. Youth SVP offers opportunities for young people aged under 18 to form their own groups, meeting regularly to pray and reflect on the Gospel..


Street Pastors – helping the community

Street Pastors helping a man

  In Peckham Square, we met Peter.* Peter used to be a probation officer, and through his work had acted as an ‘informer’ in the disruption of some drug dealers. He was therefore unpopular in some circles. Also recently divorced, he told us he had turned to drink. He told one of the team that..


Oscar Romero – Option for the Poor

Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero was the voice of the voiceless poor. A life lived out in El Salvador, a Catholic country named after Christ the Saviour. A marksman’s bullet killed him in the middle of mass on March 24, 1980. No one was ever prosecuted. There was disbelief and despair across the land but especially in the..