Archbishop Bernard Longley Visits Fatima House to Celebrate its 1st Anniversary

18th September 2017 - by Nathalie Marytsch

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On Saturday 16th September The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, paid a visit to Fatima House to share dinner with the residents, volunteers and representatives of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban and Father Hudson’s Care.

The residents had the opportunity to share with the Archbishop their gratitude for the service that Fatima House offers to destitute asylum seekers and also shared the struggles and hardships they face in trying to regularise their immigration status and getting back into statutory support. Archbishop Bernard also expressed his gratitude for the hospitality extended to him.

The residents cooked a wonderful dinner which included dishes from their home countries and made the visitors feel ‘at home’ around Fatima House’s ‘large’ dining table . Columban Regional Director Fr Peter Hughes and Columbans who run the day to day of Fatima ( Fr Tom O’Reilly, Nathalie Marytsch and Mauricio Silva) were present at the dinner together with two members of Fatima House Advisory Committee : Shari Brown ( Manager of RESTORE) and Andy Quinn (CEO of Father Hudson’s Care).