By Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu
In August our local CAFOD worker, Bronagh Daly, left her role after 7 wonderful years of services to take up a new position as the Faith and Creativity Lead at Leeds Church Institute (LCI) – a faith-based organization for lifelong learning that works through events, publications, and social media.
In her role as Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD Leeds, Bronagh worked with many people around the Diocese of Leeds and beyond.
Here are just a few messages of thanks that people had for Bronagh:
Every CAFOD office should have a Bronagh! She was always there to enthuse me; answer any questions I might have and just support me as a CAFOD volunteer. She was great with children too!
Always a pleasure to say nice things about Bronagh. Bronagh is someone who truly lives out her deep faith through her work. Her enthusiasm and commitment are to be commended and I have learned such a lot from her kind and calm way of engaging with all of us. She will be missed so much.
Madeline Woods & CAFOD Gappers:
Bronagh provided brilliant support for the two CAFOD gappers who found themselves in her care. Both Sophie(Aulton) and I were based at Leeds Trinity University on our year in the programme, and as well as organising school and parish visits, Bronagh would gladly come into the university to support any sessions or events which we ran.
We both fondly remember shared lunches on our days in the CAFOD office, and Bronagh’s friendly willingness to show us around and introduce us to everyone! Bronagh, we are both so grateful for your hard work and are sure you’ll do incredible things in your new role. Thank you!
When I think of Bronagh I think of someone who is positive, affirming and encouraging. She is always grateful for anything that we do.
Having joined CAFOD I expressed my interest to volunteer in schools. Bronagh was there to provide support. She is a great manager with good organisational skills. Having supervised me in in one of the school visits, I gained confidence and support to go on and put my faith into action through that visit. Her encouragement was helpful, and she looked out for everyone. I wish I worked much longer with her.
As well as joining in diocesan events like the first ever St Wilfrid’s Way Pilgrimage, Bronagh often used to stop by my office in Hinsley Hall and we would set the world to rights … or at least, I would talk about setting it to rights; as we know, Bronagh actually backed up the talk with years of action! I will miss her cheerfulness and ‘can do’ attitude – and know that wherever she’s moved on to, she’ll keep on lifting the spirits of all around her and making a real impact on people’s lives!
Bronagh will be fondly missed at CAFOD and we wish her all the best in her new role at LCI.
Joe Burns, Leeds J&P Commission
Bronagh and I organised a number of events together and enabled the Commission and CAFOD in the Leeds Diocese to complement one another’s work. She has made many valuable contributions to Commission discussions and has been a real help on our SPARK Social Justice project. I hope this will continue- even if she does have a new job!