Caritas Leeds

‘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.
logo for Caritas LeedsThe 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:

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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

photo of joe cortisBishop Marcus has appointed the Rev Joe Cortis as the first Coordinator for Caritas Leeds.

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.

front page of documentAudit of Social Action happening across the Leeds Diocese.

front page of documentThe address given by Bishop Marcus at the inaugural meeting of Caritas Leeds.

front page of documentCaritas ‘Ambassadors’ workshop held in Bradford

December 2018

Universal Credit logoBriefing Note about Universal Credit – March 2018


  • Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Rev Joe Cortis, appointed by the Bishop as Coordinator for Caritas Leeds, introduces Caritas Leeds.
  • Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Bishop Marcus welcomes everyone to the event
  • Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Attendees listen to the initial presentations
  • Caritas Launch - September 2017

    Caritas Launch - September 2017

    After the initial presentations people joined in smaller, practically oriented, workshop sessions to explore some topics in more detail.

CARITAS ONE YEAR ON - 06 OCtober 2018

Caritas Leeds brought together Catholics involved in charities and social action in the Diocese of Leeds for a unique gathering that combined liturgy, reflection, grassroots decision-making and planning for action for the following year on Saturday 6th October 2018 – just over a year since the Caritas Leeds launch event. Down load the PDF to get the full write up

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facebook logoSee the Caritas Leeds Facebook page and follow them to receive updates about their work.