Catholic Organisations

1. African Catholic Women Organisation

2. Aid to the Church in Need

3. Apostleship of the Sea

4. Association for Latin in the Liturgy

5. Association of Blind Catholics

6. Association of Catholic Nurses of England and Wales

7. Association of Interchurch Families

8. Association of Senior Religious

9. The Beauvale Society

10. Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

11. Caritas Social Action Network

12. Catenian Association for Catholic Men

13. Catholic Archives Society

14. Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ)

15. Catholic Clothing Guild

16. Catholic Concern for Animals

17. Catholic Medical Association

18. Catholic Men's Society of Great Britain

19. Catholic National Library

20. Catholic Union of Great Britain

21. Catholic Women's League

22. Couple to Couple League - for Natural Family Planning

23. English Catholic History Association

24. Friends of the Venerabile (the Venerable English College)

25. The Grail Society

26. Guild of S. Stephen for Altar Servers

27. HCPT

28. InterCare - Medical Aid for Africa

29. Knights of S. Columba

30. Latin Mass Society

31. Marriage Care

32. Missio

33. National Board of Catholic Women

34. National Catholic Scout Fellowship

35. Our Lady's Catechists

36. Our Lady's Rosary Group, Whitwick

37. Pax Christi

38. The personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

39. The Sherwin Society

40. The S. Barnabas' Society (successor to the Converts' Aid Society)

41. Society of S. Vincent de Paul

42. Survive-Miva (Missionary Vehicle Association)

43. Union of Catholic Mothers

44. Walsingham Association

45. Worldwide Marriage Encounter

1. The African Catholic Women Organisation is a part of the African Catholic Chaplaincy in Leicestershire, intending to unite its members in purpose, direction and action in the fields of religion, education, society and culture. For more information, please send e-mail to H. Eruchie, E. Ogumbowale or to Rev. J. Nwalozie.

2. Aid to the Church in Need is a registered Catholic charity in England, Wales and Scotland and works directly under the Holy See to support the Faithful where they are being actively persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. For more information, please visit the official website.

3. The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) is the official maritime and welfare mission agency of the Church in Great Britain. AOS is a registered charity and works with the bishops under central direction in Eccleston Square. For more information, please visit the official website.

4. The Association for Latin in the Liturgy works under the patronage of the bishops of England and Wales to promote the widespread use of Latin texts and music in Catholic ritual. For more information, please visit the official website.

5. The Association of Blind Catholics was formed in 1961 to give those Catholics with limited or no eyesight a closer link to the rest of the Church and each other. For more information, please use send e-mail.

6. The Association of Catholic Nurses of England and Wales, formerly the Catholic Nurses' Guild, was founded in 1897 for all Catholic nurses, practising and retired, to promote their spiritual, professional and social welfare. For more information, please visit the official website.

7. The Association of Interchurch Families works to strengthen marriage and family life and to promote Christian unity, while offering information and support to families built on mixed marriages, and giving such families a voice in their communities. For more information, please visit the official website.

8. The Association of Senior Religious was created in 1974 for the Sisters of Notre Dame, but quickly opened its memberships to all Religious who are approaching retirement or who have reached the statutory age of retirement. The Association provides opportunities for friendship and companionship through cultural and leisure events, while offering support for members in their various circumstances. For more information, please contact Sr. Eileen Keane SP at 01522 540894.

9. The Beauvale Society works to promote prayer and devotion to the two Carthusian martyrs of Beauvale, to organise and promote the annual pilgrimage and Mass on the site of Beauvale Priory and to pray for the continued preservation of the ruins. For more information, please send e-mail to the Rev. Mr. S. Doona or contact him at 01773 785196.

10. The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAfOD) is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and forms part of Caritas International, a worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organisations. CAfOD works with the bishops of England and Wales to attempt to limit injustice and poverty in developing countries, while encouraging Catholics to give, to take action and to pray both individually and communally for these ends. For more information, please visit the official website.

11. The Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) is the official agency of the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales for domestic social action, supporting a network of Catholic charities in England and Wales. CSAN is a member of Caritas International and the Cartias Europa group. For more information, please visit the official website.

12. The Catenian Association for Catholic Men is an international brotherhood of Catholic lay-men, meeting socially in local branches called Circles, often with their families. The Association allows for social support for its members in their business, professional and families, in a culture that is increasingly secular in character. For more information, please visit the official website.

13. The Catholic Archives Society promotes and advises on the listing, management and preservation of records of diocese, religious foundations and institutions of the Catholic Church. For more information, please visit the official website.

14. The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) is an independent charity that works as an agency of the Conference of Bishops and functions also as an organisation of members, working with people of diverse backgrounds in Church and society, aiming to create a more just, equal and cooperative community. For more information, please visit the official website.

15. The Catholic Clothing Guild is a registered charity that exists to provide useful and warm clothing to those in limited circumstances, being enabled by local charitable societies and organisations. For more information, please contact the Treasurer, Mrs. J. Jackson at 0115 939 6472.

16. Catholic Concern for Animals aims to put animal welfare on the agenda of the Catholic Church and to put forward Church teaching on the compassionate treatment of God's creatures. For more information, please send e-mail to Mr. C. Fegan.

17. The Catholic Medical Association aims to provide facilities for Catholic members of the medical profession to meet and study and to uphold the principles of Catholic morality in the practice of medicine. For more information, please contact the Secretary, Dr. P. Lavelle at 0115 921 2970.

18. The Catholic Men's Society of Great Britain proposes to encourage and help Catholic lay-men become responsible Christians, to spread the light and spirit of the Gospel within his home life, his work and his community. For more information, please contact the President, Mr. C. Murphy, at 01623 625741, or the Secretary/Treasurer, Mr. W. Hutchinson at 01509 505260.

19. The Catholic National Library is a major theological and historical reference and lending library located at S. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, currently closed to the public.

20. The Catholic Union of Great Britain (CUGB) represents the Catholic laity who work to promote and develop the values of Catholic social teaching by working with both the Conference of Bishops and the Houses of Parliament, while liaising with the wider Christian community on matters of common interest. For more information, please visit the official website.

21. The Catholic Women's League, working under the patronage of S. Margaret Clitherow, is a national and international organisation of women working actively within the Church, through practical support, friendship and fund-raising for a variety of charities. For more information, please visit the official website or send e-mail to the local Secretary/Liaison Officer, Mrs. L. Gordon, or contact her at 01636 676959.

22. The Couple to Couple League (for Natural Family Planning) is an international organisation supporting Christian marriages and families, primarily through the teaching of natural family planning, in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church. For more information, please visit the official website or send e-mail.

23. The English Catholic History Association aims to advance the education of the public in English Catholic history, and to promote interest and encourage research into the same while preserving relevant documents. For more information, please visit the official website.

24. Friends of the Venerabile was founded in 1985 to support students of the Venerable English College in Rome with prayer, encouragement and financial help. For more information, please visit the official website.

25. The Grail Society is a community centred on the Eucharist and committed to sharing Christian values that inspire them and bring a spirit of creativity, celebration and joy to their lives. Its membership includes single women, married couples and an associate membership open to all. For more information, please visit the official website.

26. The Guild of S. Stephen for Altar Servers exists to encourage the highest standards of serving at the Church's liturgy and so to contribute to the whole community's participation in a more fruitful worship of God, and in so doing to educate altar servers in their work and to unite servers across parishes and dioceses. For more information, please visit the official website or send e-mail to the local representatives.

27. The HCPT organises pilgrimages to Lourdes in France for children aged between seven and eighteen with disabilities or special needs. The organisation is assisted by a team of helpers, nurses and doctors who work to help these young people to make their pilgrimage the spiritual holiday of a lifetime. For more information, please visit the official website or send e-mail.

28. Inter Care (Medical Aid for Africa) is a voluntary organisation and charity founded in 1974 to arrange for surplus medicines and medical supplies which would otherwise be destroyed to be sent to rural health centres in the poorest parts of Africa. For more information, please visit the official website.

29. The Knights of S. Columba is an Order of Catholic men that is dedicated to the service of the Church and all people, forming part of the international Alliance of Catholic Knights, which works in twenty-seven countries worldwide. The Knights support the mission of the Church, support the clergy and hierarchy in their work and promote Christian values and principles among all people. For more information, please visit the official website, or contact the Provincial Grand Knight of Nottingham Province 9, Mr. R. Mitchell, at 01509 261283 or the Provincial Grand Knight of Lincoln Province 17, Mr. J. Money, at 01526 320323.

30. The Latin Mass Society was founded to arrange for and promote the offering of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, and the celebration of the associated sacramental rites, as the most perfect and effective means of contemplation of the divine. For more information, please visit the official website.

31. Marriage Care is a national registered charity presided over by His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and works across England and Wales to provide marriage preparation and support for families, with specially-trained and supervised facilitators. For more information, please visit the official website.

32. Missio comprises the following societies: the Association for the propagation of the Faith (APF), the Holy Childhood (Mission Together), the Society of S. Peter the Apostle (SPA) and the Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU). The APF ensures that bishops in the new churches have the necessary funds to build churches and schools, to teach people about Christ and to build a better world. Mission Together is an overseas charity for children, encouraging children to work on mission through prayer, learning and fund-raising. The SPA works to fund-raise for the training of clergy and religious in mission countries. The PMU stimulates the interest of priests, religious and laity in the missionary work of the Church and in developments in the younger churches, through its publication Mission Outlook. For more information, please visit the official website.

33. The National Board of Catholic Women gathers together representatives from all Catholic organisations that involve women, from all the dioceses of England and Wales, forming a consultative body to the Conference of Bishops, the national government and other Catholic bodies. For more information, please visit the official website.

34. The National Catholic Scout Fellowship actively supports Catholics in scouting. For more information, please visit the official website.

35. Our Lady's Catechists is an association of men and women who are qualified to give religious instruction, working in parishes but also by distance-learning, and providing a variety of courses of study. For more information, please send e-mail to Mrs. G. Ellis.

36. Our Lady's Rosary Group at the Holy Cross Church in Whitwick was originally part of the Association of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and currently organises the annual Rosary Rally at Grace Dieu Manor every August to carry on the work of the original Association. For more information, please contact Mr. M. Statham at 01530 223529.

37. Pax Christi is a Gospel-based international movement for peace, working to promote a culture of peach and non-violence. Materials for education, reflection and campaigning for peace are available. Membership is open to all. For more information, please visit the official website.

38. The Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2011 by HH Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, while retaining much of their heritage and traditions. For more information, please visit the official website or contact Rev. Fr. D. Palmer at 01332 766285.

39. The Sherwin Society was formed in Derby to foster interest in the local martyr S. Ralph Sherwin, executed at Tyburn in 1581. The Society organises a regular pilgrimage from Rodsley and organises four Masses every year at the church of S. Joseph in Derby, which has a chapel and altar dedicated to the Saint and where the Society is based. For more information, please visit the official website or contact the Secretary, Mr. Paul Redfearn, at 01332 270356.

40. The S. Barnabas Society (the Converts' Aid Society) aims to assist clergy, religious and stipendiary lay persons who have been received into the Catholic Church. For more information, please visit the official website.

41. The Society of S. Vincent de Paul was founded by a group of students, led by Bl. Frederick Ozanam, in Paris in 1833, and has been active in England and Wales since 1844. Members work to serve those in need, including the deaf, the sick in hospital and at home, and the elderly, through personal contact. For more information, please contact the Secretary, Mr. R. Merrison, at 01332 572302.

42. SURVIVE-MIVA (Missionary Vehicle Association) is lay association with over forty years' experience of funding essential transport for those working for the Church's healthcare and pastoral work in the developing world. For more information, please visit the official website.

43. The Union of Catholic Mothers exists to help married Catholic women understand sacramental marriage and to live in observance of the Law of God; to assist them with raising their children as Catholics and citizens; to teach and defend Christian family values; to support families in difficulty; and to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to Christian marriage and family life. For more information, please contact the Secretaries, Mrs R. Parnham at 07551 249000 and Mrs. B. McDonald at 01775 720681.

44. The Walsingham Association aims to foster devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham and to support the basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham in its work. For more information, please contact Mrs. M. Waters at 01472 824370.

45. Worldwide Marriage Encounter provides for Marriage Encounter weekends that form an enriching experience for married couples and for attending clergy. Similar weekend meetings are arranged for engaged couples also. Attendees are offered a technique of communication for general use, intended to revitalise marriages, and to renew the Church through the sacraments of Matrimony and Orders. For more information, please visit the official website.


This information has been taken from the Diocesan Yearbook and is subject to necessary updates. Please consult the yearbook, or preferably the respective persons mentioned and the linked websites for more and up-to-date information and news.