As the world looks at ways to recover and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic, we must ensure that the recovery tackles poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and the climate emergency.
Fr Anthony Chantry, Director of Missio and Geoff O’Donoghue, Senior International Programme Leader at CAFOD will take us through an inspirational journey of hope to discover how the global Church has responded with the communities in the south to the threat of the pandemic, and how we can stand together as one family to help people around the world rebuild their lives.
Senior International Programme Leader
Geoff O’Donoghue started his career in social work, in the north of England and Scotland and then spent 7 years working in Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
He returned to the UK in 1998, took a Master's degree in Change Management and was self-employed for nine years before coming to CAFOD. He had worked with CAFOD occasionally before then – first in Darfur on the humanitarian side, and later supporting different CAFOD teams and leadership groups.
In 2001 Geoff co-founded a Community Interest Company called Mango Communities. It was one of the first 'CICs' in the UK. Geoff really enjoyed being self-employed and taking up the role of International Director at CAFOD in 2007 was for him a big step. Geoff says: “There weren't other jobs over the years that did that for me, but I found that I really wanted to work for CAFOD. It's a part of my community and to work within my community with my faith and my skill set brought together – there aren't many places you can do that”.
Geoff’s role is to ensure that CAFOD adheres to its strategic direction in ways that offer the greatest benefit to the poorest and most disadvantaged people we work for and that reflect our Catholic ethos and identity.
Father Anthony Chantry
National Director of Missio (Pontifical Mission Societies)
Father Anthony Chantry was ordained a priest as a Mill Hill Missionary in 1981 after which he was appointed to serve the people of Western Kenya until 1990.
Following two years further studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, he was appointed Rector of the Mill Hill Missionaries’ seminary in London where he helped prepare international students for priesthood and missionary life.
In 2000 he was sent to South Africa to serve the Basotho people of the Free State. During this time, he studied Conflict Management at the University of Port Elizabeth and began organising a network of conflict managers in the townships. However, in 2005 he was elected Superior General of the Mill Hill Missionaries, a position he held until 2015.
The Holy Father appointed him National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies (Missio) in 2016.
‘I have spent the last 39 years of my life as Mil Hill Missionary trying to respond to the call to proclaim Jesus Christ to the nations. In these difficult times I still find this mission as exciting as it is challenging. For me, sharing in the work of Missio is to share in the joy of the Gospel. I am a lucky man!’