Education and 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 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 term ‘ongoing formation’ is a reminder that the one experience of discipleship of those called to priesthood is never interrupted. In this section you will find information and resources for clergy to assist their spiritual and professional development as well as a private area for Ongoing Formation Directors.

Are you a Catholic who wants to send your child to a Catholic school? Do you support the right of Catholic parents/guardians to choose a Catholic education for their child or children? Do you want to safeguard the future of Catholic education in England? If the answer's yes to any of these questions, we urgently need your help.