|September 8, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 15 • Oakland, CA|
| 3 from Oakland off to Burundi
Three representatives of the Diocese of Oakland will travel to Burundi this week to take part in a Catholic Relief Services-sponsored tour to highlight the work that agency provides to the people of the small, central African nation.
Watkins said the diocese was one among many that applied to make this journey, which is funded mostly from a grant.
"They want representatives from the diocese to see what CRS is doing, to become more effective spokespeople for the mission of CRS," Watkins said.
The three representatives, when they return, can share what they learned with priests and deacons, lay people and youth.
In addition to be involved with CRS missions, they will meet with some Missionaries of Charity ministering in the country, representatives of Caritas, which functions much the same way as CRS, and the people of the diocese.
This is also Watkins' first trip to Africa. "For me, I always see it as an opportunity," he said. It will help energize him in his work, Watkins said, and help him "connect it to why I do what I do."
"It will give me the ability to think about the work of the church in global solidarity," he said, making him better able to talk about solidarity in the diocese.
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