Agencies

The Agencies of the Bishops' Conference were established by the Bishops of England and Wales to serve the Catholic community and wider society.

Our agencies work in the fields of overseas mission, aid and development, education, racial justice and maritime welfare. Each agency has a bishop as President, Chairman or Episcopal Liaison.

CAFOD is the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CAFOD works in some of the poorest communities in more than 40 countries, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice.

CSAN is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. It is a family of social action charities collectively known as the Caritas network which is supported by the CSAN team.

The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW) is the Bishops’ national agency for education. Chaired by Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham, it represents the Bishops’ national education policy in relation to the 2,300 Catholic schools, colleges and university colleges across England and Wales.

CYMFed seeks to help shape and support Catholic Youth Ministry in England & Wales. It does this by giving youth ministry a strong voice in the Church and wider society; working on projects, training and events and developing and strengthening the direction of Catholic youth ministry. Within this federation there are numerous staff and volunteers, working with tens of thousands of young people between them each year.

The National Justice and Peace Network in England and Wales currently has its main focus on 'Poverty and Inequality in the UK', and are partners in the 'Close the Gap' campaign. We are also addressing and campaigning on issues realting to fairer taxes and social security benefits, living wages and justice in the workplace.

Missio is the Catholic Church’s official support organisation for overseas mission. It raises awareness and fosters prayer and cooperation in the whole Church. With 120 offices worldwide, it is the only organisation which supports every one of the 1,069 mission dioceses around the world.

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) is an independent charity and an agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, established in 1984. It works in dioceses and parishes to support people from diverse backgrounds. CARJ aims to empower black and minority ethnic Catholics to give them an effective voice in the Church and in the wider society.

The Bishops' Conference undertakes, whenever practical, to enter into formal consultation with these bodies on matters of particular concern to them.

Apostleship of the Sea

The Apostleship of the Sea (Great Britain) is a Bishops' Conference agency supporting seafarers from across the world meeting their needs by offering help, support and advice.