Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)


Resources for Lent: 17 February – 1 April 2021

We encourage parishes and groups to consider using ‘Unless the Lord Builds the House‘, a study course on housing developed by the Centre for Theology and Community with support from CSAN. More about our work on the national housing emergency here.

Growing back better – an online retreat series with Margaret Silf.

BBC Radio 4 will explore aspects of Ignatian spirituality and point listeners to ‘Knowing Jesus’, an online retreat being offered by the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has published a list of other resources for Lent.

For more ideas and practical guidance on social action, see the Getting Involved menu above.


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 be fulfilled in their families and communities, living with peace and human dignity.

We are a small national team, based in London, seeking to animate and co-ordinate 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 the capacity of personal, parish, community and national action to address many forms of misery and to promote social justice in England and Wales. The network includes Catholic dioceses and professional organisations committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.  Their work includes community and specialist support for families and children, the elderly, people who are 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 in being present over the long term.  They draw on deep and lasting connections of volunteers and staff with their neighbourhoods.

Picture credit: Keith Laverack / New Allotment Scheme behind Willow Park and Field Head.