What is Caritas?


The meaning of the word “Caritas” is the practical expression of Christian love. Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth does this by working predominantly at parish level, helping to determine and address local needs and to design social action projects which respond to these needs especially to help the most vulnerable. All the projects promoted will be firmly rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.


Although not that well known in the UK, Caritas has its origins in Germany in 1895. However it did not really develop until after WW2 with the establishment of Caritas Internationalis.



How can I have a Caritas project in our parish?


Caritas already has a range of projects that you might wish to replicate in your parish, perhaps a Holiday Club or maybe the InSight project or even a Mens Shed. Or you may have a new project idea and would like some assistance from Caritas to get it up and going. There are so many areas in which our church can be reaching out to those in need, such as those suffering from mental health, people with dementia and their carers, homelessness etc.  Another might be an existing parish project that you might want to badge with Caritas. Whatever the request get in touch with us if you think Caritas could be of assistance. 



 Get in touch with Kevin Gallagher via email at:


Mailing address: Caritas, Administration Offices, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3QA

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