In July the St Justin Society celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The group, based at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield was started in 1976 with a view for the parish”to look beyond its own confines to the world outside”. It was named after a Vincentian saint, who travelled and worked in Africa in the nineteenth century at about the same time the Vincentian Order first came to work in Sheffield. The group fundraises throughout the year to send money to developing countries. Donations have been sent to dozens of countries over the years. Projects in African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia have been supported via the Medical Missionaries of Mary and the Daughters of Charity.
The Anniversary was celebrated with a special liturgical service at the church, followed by refreshments in the new hall and a chance to see an exhibition of photos from past events. Events have included concerts: Aquarelle, Vin Garbutt, The Celebration Choir and Ingrid Clement and Danny Holland. Also themed evenings such as African, Asian, Scottish, Irish, Italian and an English Pub Night at the Just Inn have all helped raise approximately £250,000 over the years.
The photographs show members of the parish at the celebration on 8 July.
If anyone would like to support the group in any way please contact secretary, Marie Miller by phone: 0114 268 3202 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is possible to have a standing order for regular donations and money is distributed every two months to overseas projects, via personal contacts, so that the money is used to the greatest effect.