The Trócaire Romero awards were launched in October 2017, and will be presented in August 2018 as part of the World Meeting of Families celebration.
This programme is for families who would like to create a space to focus on their faith, justice and love of others. It aims to provide you and your family with an avenue to learn about the lives of other families around the world in places where Trócaire works. You will learn about their daily lives, the issues that they face and share in their hopes and dreams for the future.
Families are bound together in love and solidarity. Pope Francis encourages us to welcome the stranger into our home and to view them as our ‘brothers and sisters’, members of our own family.
By undertaking the Trócaire Romero Family Programme, you are doing just that!
“There is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems.” (Pope Francis)
Around the world, Trócaire works with over 400 local organisations who work tirelessly, and often at great personal risk, to support communities facing threats. This award is given in recognition of outstanding work carried out by one of these partner organisations.
It is with great honour that the inaugural award will be presented to Sister Bridget Tighe of Caritas Jerusalem and the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood in Ballinasloe, Co Galway on Saturday, August 18.
Until very recently, Sr Bridget had been living in the Gaza Strip and working as the head of the Caritas Jerusalem medical centre for Gaza. Earlier this year she was asked to take on the role of General Director with Caritas Jerusalem and is since based in Jerusalem.
We are presenting Sr Bridget with the Trócaire Romero International Award as a testimony to the years she has spent living and working among Jordanians and Palestinians, and especially now among the suffering people in Gaza.