Departments

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has six departments: Catholic Education and Formation, Christian Life and Worship, Social Justice, Dialogue and Unity, Evangelisation and Catechesis and International Affairs. The Office for Migration Policy (OMP) works within the Department of International Affairs.

The Department for Dialogue and Unity works to foster cooperation with other Christian traditions and other faiths. It also implements Catholic Church teaching to promote an understanding of the living faith of Judaism and the Jewish roots of Christianity. The department has two committees: The Committee for Christian Unity and the Committee for Catholic/Jewish Relations. It also has an Office for Relations with Other Religions.

International Affairs

The Department for International Affairs assists the bishops and the Bishops' Conference in developing their policies on international affairs.

The Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis assists the Bishops’ Conference to help Catholics know and share their faith. A particular focus of the Department’s work is to support the ‘New Evangelisation’; a term that was used by both Blessed Pope John Paul II and subsequently Pope Benedict XVI to encourage a new missionary impetus in the life of the Church. Areas of departmental work include: home mission, Bible study and promotion and adult faith formation.

The Department of Catholic Education and Formation is responsible for promoting Catholic education as well as encouraging lay, priestly and religious vocations. The Catholic Education Service (CES) supports the educational work of the Church in England and Wales by working at policy level and at the statutory interface with Government, its agencies and Non-Government Organisations. The National Office for Vocation (NOV) works nationally and locally to affirm the calling to marriage, single life, the diaconate as well as priesthood and consecrated life. The Chair of the department is Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP of Nottingham.

The Department for Christian Life and Worship advises the Bishops on subjects relating to the material and spiritual life of the Church. A key area of the Department’s work is the liturgy: the preparation and reviewing of liturgical texts and the supporting of liturgical formation in dioceses. The two other main areas of work are Patrimony — the heritage of the Church in England and Wales — and Spirituality. The Chair of the department is Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff.

Social Justice

The Department for Social Justice assists the bishops in promoting Catholic social action. It promotes marriage and family life, offers support for vulnerable and marginalised people and works to uphold the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.