Inspired by the life and example of Jesus Christ, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) was established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to develop the Church’s social action in these parts of the United Kingdom. We share in the mission of the Catholic Church. We want England and Wales to be places where every person can flourish in their families and communities, living with peace and human dignity.
We are a small national team, based in London, seeking to strengthen and facilitate Catholic charitable activities, and to bring the voices of the poor and Catholic teaching to bear in guiding public policy.
Caritas Social Action Network seeks to develop capacity for voluntary and community action, informed by Catholic social thought, in partnerships with the 22 dioceses in England and Wales, and through a network of independent member organisations with Catholic roots and professional competencies in their fields. Their work includes community and specialist support for families and children, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, the disabled, and prisoners. Their approach is often distinctive in supporting people who cannot access help elsewhere, in building on the dignity and strengths of each person, and being able to work over the long term. They draw on deep and lasting connections of volunteers and staff with their local communities.
Picture – El Greco, ‘Christ driving the money changers from the Temple’ (detail); see Mark 11:15-19.
Featured resources for Lent –
- Message of Pope Francis, on the theme: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).
- ‘We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You’: The Gift of the Holy Eucharist – prepared by Fr Stephen Wang, Archdiocese of Westminster, in advance of the national Eucharistic Congress taking place in September 2018.
- Hungry for Change, Church Urban Fund – focuses on food poverty.
- On the Altar of the World (pdf, 1.6mb), produced by the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Justice and Peace Commission and CAFOD Liverpool – topical reflections on Laudato si’.
- SiLENT, from Million Minutes – encouraging a deeper entering into silence.
- List of resources for Lent 2018, collated by the Sisters of Mercy.