Why has the Catholic Church in Jersey established a local branch of this International Catholic Charity?
Firstly this is our witness to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Secondly this is our tangible response to Bishop Philip Egan’s call for a ‘New Evangelisation’ and an ongoing commitment to make this year and hopefully every year a ‘Year of Faith in Action’.
Monsignor Nicholas France was delighted to launch Caritas Jersey at the final Mass of the Jersey Mission in 2013. It is hoped that Caritas Jersey will become the hub of Catholic social Action in Jersey reaching out to all sections of the community and touching all aspects of Island life, acting as an umbrella group for Catholic Social Action.
Directors of Caritas Jersey:
- Monsignor Nicholas France MBE – President
- Mark Lewis, Chairman
- Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh
- Maurice Dubras
- Terry Le Sueur
- Vini Knights
- John Scally – Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
- Delia Hardiman is Company Secretary email@example.com
Caritas Jersey office is based in Catholic Pastoral Services, 19 Val Plaisant, St Helier
Telephone number 01534 768963
Our initial activities include:
- Establishing and promoting a Catholic Think Tank on social issues in Jersey
- Promoting with government a Commission on social justice
- Providing support to prisoners and young offenders
- Providing support to vulnerable families particularly migrant families with young children
The Catenian Association
An international brotherhood of Catholic business and professional men who meet together monthly, often with their wives and families, for the purpose of promoting fellowship and mutual support. Founded in Manchester in 1908, it now has a membership of 10,500 across the UK and seven other countries across the world. For further information, available by request from the secretary of the Jersey cIrcle.
Secretary - Kevin Mc Donnell, telephone (01534) 726790 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
This is the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is a member of the worldwide Caritas Internationalis federation. Together with local partner organisations in more than 50 countries, CAFOD works to build a better world for people living in poverty. In emergency situations, CAFOD provides immediate relief. It also stays on to help people rebuild their lives. CAFOD raises awareness of justice issues and encourages people to fundraise and campaign. All the churches in the Jersey Parish are involved in supporting CAFOS.
For more information, contact Mr Phil McDermott, telephone (01534) 720235.
Bamenda Mission Support
The Catholic Church in Jersey supports the Archdiocese of Bamenda in Cameroon, West Africa. In 1974 the Diocese of Portsmouth was twinned with the then Diocese of Bamenda. At present Portsmouth has no priest working in Bamenda, but some priests from that diocese are now working in the Portsmouth diocese. Father James McAuley is on the diocesan Bamenda committee and is our local contact. He can be contacted via the parish office, telephone (01534) 720235 or by email: email@example.com.
Catholic Women's League
This national organisation was founded to promote religious education and social welfare to Catholic women and to represent Catholic women’s interests on national and international bodies. There are two branches in Jersey.
The contact for the West of Jersey branch is Mrs Mary Ayles, telephone (01534) 863875. For the East of Jersey, contact Mrs Elizabeth Etienne on (01534) 851234