Our Work

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales works across a wide range of subjects nationally and internationally.

Here you will find more information about our work – from liturgy, patrimony and worship to education, family life and dialogue with other religions; from Christian unity, healthcare and evangelisation to environmental issues, overseas aid and development and migration. These subjects and many more are covered, alphabetically, in this section. Most of the work is administrated by our Departments but we also have dedicated Agencies and Offices for key subject areas.

Africa

Africa is a rich and diverse continent, the second biggest in the world, with 54 fully-recognised countries. Each country has its own economic, political and religious realities. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales stands in solidarity with the Bishops of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa.

Catechesis

Catechesis is a ministry of teaching and forming that passes on the Word of God to inform the Catholic community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church.

Catholic Education in England and Wales

The Catholic Church was arguably the first provider of schools and universities in England. and Wales.

Christian Unity

Unity among all Christians is a key concern for the Catholic Church. Ecumenism, unity or cooperation with other Christian churches, is about healing and forgiving so we can all work together as a united witness to our shared faith in Christ.

Environment

As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources.

Europe

The Bishops' Conference, through the Department of International Affairs, works in close collaboration with two organisations on European issues - COMECE and CCEE.

Health and Social Care

The Church has, since earliest times, been committed to caring for those who are sick or in need. Indeed, institutions established by churches and religious orders laid the foundations of the modern health service.

Holy Land

The Christian community in the Holy Land represents a physical link between the modern world and the life and times of Christ – they are the ‘living stones’ of our faith. Since 1998, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has organised the Holy Land Co-ordination.

Home Mission

The Home Mission Office sits within the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and acts as a point of reference for evangelisation in dioceses, movements and Catholic organisations in England and Wales.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The Santa Marta Group, endorsed by Pope Francis in 2014, is the Catholic Church’s response to human trafficking and modern slavery.

Catholic Internships

'Faith in Politics' is the Bishops' Conference Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme, which was started in 2003. It provides up to eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.

Jewish Relations

The Department of Dialogue and Unity has a Commitee for Catholic Jewish Relations. It works to build the relationship between the Church and Jewish people, thus implementing the official teaching of the Church.

Life Issues

All life is sacred - a gift from God. This is why the Church opposes abortion (ending life in the womb) and Euthanasia (ending life before natural death).

Liturgy

The Department for Christian Life and Worship advises the Bishops on subjects relating to the material and spiritual life of the Church.

Marriage and Family Life

Marriage and family life are extremely important to the Catholic Church. The Bishops' Conference has an office for Marriage and Family Life.

Mental Health

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has established a Mental Health Project to further encourage and inspire us as communities of understanding.

Migrants and Refugees

The Office for Migration Policy monitors information and prepares briefs on migration issues to enable the bishops to develop policy and respond to debates.

Other Religions

"In dialogue [with other religions] we must not be surprised, but actually expect to find God already there, and that Christ has gone before us."

Patrimony

A Church for us is more than a building – it is a sacred space, filled with God's presence.

Prison Ministry

Over 85,000 men and women are in prison in England and Wales today - an estimated 15,000 are Catholics.

As part of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, the Bishops' Conference has a working group that focuses on rural issues. Sometimes the Church is most visible as a Church of towns and cities yet many Catholics in England and Wales attend rural parishes or urban parishes with large rural areas.

Scripture

As Christians, we understand the Bible to be the written word of God.

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) is the national agency for driving and supporting improvements in safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The Catholic Church has been for many the source of a variety of spiritual paths.

National Office for Vocation

The National Office for Vocation is an Office of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its mission is to build a culture of vocation in the Church in England and Wales and to promote the calls to specific vocations.