It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Caritas: Archdiocese of Birmingham website. Since it was established in 2014, Caritas: Archdiocese of Birmingham has sought to bring together our parishes and social outreach agencies as they try to serve the most needy and vulnerable people living within the parishes of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who are often out of sight and without access to much needed support.
Addressing the General Assembly of Caritas International last year, Pope Francis reflected that ‘one who lives the Caritas mission is not a simple worker but indeed a witness to Christ. A person who seeks Christ and allows himself be sought by Christ; a person who loves with the spirit of Christ, the spirit of giving freely, the spirit of giving.’
As you explore the pages of this website, you will find information about Caritas, the reason why it was established, its current membership and the ways in which parishes and organisations are able to get involved. It also gives an insight into the various projects that members of Caritas are currently engaged in, including initiatives aimed at helping asylum seekers and refugees. As Pope Francis reminds us, this work is the means by which we are all able to reach out and make a real difference to the lives of those who are most in need and who are our neighbours.
I wish to thank all those parishes and organisations who have signed up to membership of Caritas: Archdiocese of Birmingham and I hope that others will feel encouraged to be a part of this most important work throughout the Archdiocese of Birmingham.