‘Caritas’, the loving service of those in need, is an indispensable part of what it means to follow Christ and to be a Catholic. Caritas organisations exist to help us put this into action.
The Vision for ‘Caritas Leeds’ is to create a forum where all charities, agencies, projects, services, groups (defined as having at least a simple structure and organisation) that are involved in social action or social care in the Diocese of Leeds, whose work is inspired by the Gospel and operate in accordance with Catholic doctrine and social teaching, can meet together on a regular basis
What does Caritas Leeds do?
These are the things that Caritas Leeds does (although some are still in development as it has not been going for very long)
- Provide a strong and coherent voice, at the service of the Bishop, on important social issues and policies for the Diocese of Leeds.
- Share and celebrate ideas and projects.
- Encourage the development of, and to support, good care practice.
- Arrange joint training where this is appropriate/requested.
- Develop on-going formation for members in Catholic social teaching.
- Reflect on the Catholic foundations of the work the members undertake.
- Identify areas of need within the Diocese of Leeds and to discuss how best to work to satisfy those needs.
- Encourage and promote social action wherever possible and encourage partnerships across the Diocese in the service of the poor.
For more details download their Terms of Reference:
How is Caritas Leeds Organised?
Caritas Leeds operates through a Steering Group. The membership of this group is made up of:
- Bishop Marcus – Bishop of Leeds (Chair)
- Co-ordinator of Caritas Leeds (Rev Joe Cortis)
- Fr Jonathan Hart from the Council of Priests
- Rev David Arblaster from the Conference of Deacons
- Ms Carol Hill Director of Catholic Care
- John Battle Chair of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission
- Ms Marie Atherton of St Vincent de Paul Society
- Ms A Farrell and Mr John Taylor of St Monica’s Housing Trust
- Fr Tim Swinglehurst from the Vicariate for Education
- Representative from Leeds Trinity University (Theology Department) (Vacant)
- Rowan Morton-Gledhill Diocesan Communications Officer
- Co-opted members as necessary
You can contact him by emailing
Although it has not been going for very long, Leeds Caritas has already produced a number of publications. Some of these are made available below for download.