The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Caritas Leeds Criminal Justice Inquiry

Following on from a two year period of listening and reflecting on issues relating to victims of crime, prisoners, ex-offenders and families; a group of Commissioners led by Caritas Leeds have produced a formal report, a set of challenging recommendations and on-line resources. Do you want to find out more….then, click here.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and the SVP (National) have collaborated together to produce: Responding to Coronavirus Pandemic: A Toolkit for Parishes and Caritas Diocesan Agencies.

Some CSAN partners, including our own Caritas Leeds have contributed to the development of this resource, which has now been customised for our own diocese.

It is important that parish groups and charities deliver support and action in the most coordinated and safest way possible to protect all those concerned.

Key elements of this ‘toolkit’ include: electronic links to the latest Government advice; examples of how parishes can take coordinated action in a safe manner; a risk assessment tool; a template for action; and spiritual resources.


Welcome to Caritas

‘Caritas’, the loving service of those in need, is an indispensable part of what it means to follow Christ and to be Catholic. Caritas organisations exist to help us put this into action.

The Vision for Caritas Leeds, launched in September 2017, 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?

  • 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 partnership across the Diocese in the service of the poor.

Upcoming Events

Contact Details

Co-ordinator for Caritas Leeds
Rev. Dr. Joseph D Cortis

0113 261 8036

St Monica House
Hinsley Hall
62 Headingley Lane