Diocesan press releases

Bishop to support and celebrate the work of local Amnesty Group

The Bishop of St Asaph will support and celebrate the work of a local Amnesty International Group at St Asaph Cathedral next week.

Refugees: Reflections in Words and Music is an evening of poetry, music and personal stories organised by the Colwyn Bay Group of Amnesty International UK.  It won the opportunity to use the Cathedral for free in an annual competition open to charities and good causes.

The evening will hear from two refugees who will share their experiences along with the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron and the Director of Amnesty UK, Kate Allen.

Speaking ahead of the event, Bishop Gregory said: “Amnesty International takes Christ’s command to care for those imprisoned, and makes it real. It highlights cases for us where there is injustice and even persecution, and calls on us to show our solidarity with those most in need. I am delighted to have this opportunity to support and celebrate its work.”

One of the organisers of the event, Gill Barnett said: “The evening will be an opportunity to demonstrate our willingness to be open to the experiences of desperate people trying to keep together their families, to learn about their stories, to celebrate our shared humanity and to create a culture of welcome and understanding.”

As well as the speakers the programme, in both Welsh and English, includes:

  • Poetry from Mererid Hopwood
  • Music from: Helen Wyn Pari (Harp), Mary Hofman (Violin), Cytgan Clwyd, and the combined choirs of Ysgols Llanddulas and Cystennin.

St Asaph Cathedral will be open from 6pm for people to view the extensive exhibition on fleeing war, persecution and hunger.  The programme begins at 7pm.