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On 9 May grandparents came from across the country to Westminster Cathedral Hall for the launch of the England and Wales Catholic Grandparents’ Association.

Speakers at the event included Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Right Rev Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. In his address Bishop John praised the important work of grandparents, saying:

“You represent an important initiative which will benefit those who have so much to offer in wisdom and experience to a younger generation. Grandparents have always had a privileged and valued role in the intimacy of family and home. You have a privileged opportunity to pass on their Faith through their guidance and love.”

The interest in an association for grandparents developed from the annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimages, including to Walsingham, Knock and Aylesford, where thousands of grandparents gathered in recent years, united by the goal to do the best they can for our children and grandchildren.

For more photos of the launch of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association click here.

For more information on the Catholic Grandparents’ Association click here.  Anyone wishing to be part of the Diocese of Westminster network of the CGA please contact Edmund Adamus, Director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life,