Formation and learning

Last updated 22 March 2022

We have produced a list of courses linked to adult formation for the Catholic Church’s charitable activities, drawing on Catholic Social Teaching, delivered in the English language, and available to people living in England and Wales. This list may not be comprehensive. It includes courses leading to an academic qualification, and professional development courses in which accreditation will vary between providers. Individual dioceses in England and Wales make their own arrangements for adult formation, and some offer short courses; these arrangements are not included in our list. Other courses are available overseas.

The inclusion of a course does not represent an endorsement by Caritas Social Action. Any updates or proposed additions to this list should be sent by email to

Formation for Social Mission – list of courses, November 2019 (pdf, 0.2mb)

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Picture credit – Fr Lawrence Lew (source). The Hospitality of Abraham, mosaic by Fr Marko Rupnik SJ in the main chapel of the National Shrine of Pope St John Paul II in Washington DC.