We welcomed our visitors from the DR Congo

In early March, Archbishop François Xavier Maroy of Bukavu and Thérèse Mema Mapenzi arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Naturally, we set out to take them on a tour of Glasgow. 

Archbishop François Xavier and Thérèse are our partners who work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They do amazing work for their communities, and we are delighted to welcome them to Scotland. Both are heroes in their own right!

First stop was the Immaculate Conception parish, Maryhill, where our guests are staying during their visit. They met Parish Priest Fr. Jim Lawler and the schoolchildren from St Mary’s and St. Blane’s primary schools.

Archbishop immaculate conception

Over the weekend, they visited St Bernadette's parish. 

They had the pleasure of meeting Glasgow's own Archbishop Tartaglia at our wonderful photo exhibition in St Andrew's Cathedral.

The exhibition displays images captured in the DR Congo by Angela Catlin, the award winning Scottish photographer.

Photo exhibition

Archbishop François Xavier Maroy and Thérèse Mema Mapenzi met our fantastic brand ambassadors, Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh. Both Deacon Blue stars were in the DR Congo earlier this year to hear stories of women affected by sexual violence.

Therese and lorraine

They were reunited in our colder climate! They chatted on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning' Show. 

Ricky and lorraine and therese

When you give to SCIAF, you'll help our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world including people who are helped by the projects run by our inspiring partners Archbishop François Xavier and Thérèse.