The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Diocese of Leeds Volunteer becomes CAFOD Trustee!

Congratulations to Matty Maslen on joining CAFOD’s Board of Trustees!

A parishioner at the Bradford Parish of St Blaise, Matty started out as a volunteer for Diocesan Communications in 2017, from where he was  introduced to Bronagh Daly at the Leeds CAFOD office and volunteered there from 2019.

Whilst at Glasgow University, Matty continued to volunteer for Diocesan Communications and CAFOD, moving on to become the e-Newsletter Editor for the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission. When studying for his (first-class honours!) degree in Philosophy, he also managed to find time to be a key SPARK Justice delegate at National J&P Conferences (4th from left in photograph below).

Leeds J&P Contingent at the 2021 National Conference (from left to right): Marc Besford, Teresa Devereux, Sara Parker, Matthew Maslen, Paul Kelly, Maggie McSherry, David Owumi, Chukwuemeka (Innocent) Nwachukwu, Tim Devereux.

Matty has also been selected to represent the voice and views of young people at COP26 in Glasgow and at the United Nations Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in both New York City and Vienna.

Read more about Matty’s latest national role as a CAFOD Trustee on the SPARK Justice website:

SPARK Social Justice is an initiative of the Diocese of Leeds Justice & Peace Commission for young adults interested in putting their faith into action for social justice – find out more by following this link to the SPARK website!

Matty volunteered his time to research and write articles for Diocesan Communications three months in 2017, was instrumental in preparing THIS website for launch in 2019, and helped to produce material for the Diocesan Annual Review before and during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. If YOU have interesting news or photographs from YOUR parish, or would enjoy writing, research and helping with Diocesan publications, your (regular, occasional, or one-off!) help and talent as a Communications Volunteer or Parish Newsgatherer will also be welcomed and appreciated!
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please contact the Diocesan Director of Communications via