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Social Action - currently vacant

Specialist Adviser:  This post is currently vacant

DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley West Sussex RH10 6RP.
Tel: Crawley (01293) 651154. Email (Pastoral Team Coordinator):

Priest Adviser: Awaiting appointment

Full details of current Courses and Resources available to parishes can be found here

World Day of the Poor - Established by Pope Francis in Misericordia et misera (2016) the first World Day of the Poor is on Sunday 19 November, the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time as preparation for Solemnity of our Christ the King.

Bishop Richard is celebrating Mass at a special event for young people (11-15 year olds) at Arundel Cathedral on this day and this event will give those present the opportunity to reflect on how poverty is at the heart of the Gospel and that, as long as it exists, there can be no justice or social peace.

The Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have prepared very useful resources, including liturgy resources, on their website:   Some prayers of Intercession from their resources are here

A Refugee Crisis Newsletter for Summer 2017 is now available detailing how, as a diocese, under the guidance of Bishop Richard, we are responding to the ever growing challenge of the global refugee crisis.  To view the newsletter online click here.  Copies are also available in your parish.

The newsletter includes the latest information available to us and highlights some tremendous work that is ongoing by the partners we are choosing to work with. Please read a copy and share with your family and friends. Refugee Week takes place between 19 and 25 June, this provides an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees across the UK to be seen, listened to and valued.

The newsletter begins with a foreword from Bishop Richard which includes the message, ‘since our response began, we have witnessed positive outcomes for the integration of refugee families – but there is so much more that needs to be done’.

It also includes the following:

  • The Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme and Community Sponsorship.
  • The work of Voices in Exile who support those seeking asylum, refugees and those with no recourse to public funds.
  • Stories from Refugees supported by our partners.
  • Prayers, bible passages, Catholic Social Teaching principles and quotes.
  • Ways to help including hosting an event or pledging financial support.

Anyone who wants to learn more about how to get involved should contact our Coordinator (details on page 11).


Refugee Tales 2017   Refugee Tales is an outreach project of the GDWG, inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick and the work of the Group in 20 years of visiting.  Over 100 walkers joined in this year's event between 1 and 5 July.  Full story and picture here


Support and Celebrate Faith in Action  We have a vision of how we want to work and we are looking to strengthen the network of Diocesan Social Action Activities.  We plan to celebrate and affirm the social action work already taking place, offer support, and help facilitate development of new activity where appropriate.  If you want to be part of this project either by sharing information, learning more or getting involved please get in touch.


Dementia Week:  Resources    Annual week of Prayer for Dementia was held from March 12 -19th Free resources available on


The Spiritual Reminiscence Box is now available see link below:

It offers advice and practical suggestions for engaging an individual in their spiritual life and uses a multi-sensory approach to maximise the opportunity for triggering memory and improving cognitive function.


Catholic Social Teaching Videos

Dr Anna Rowlands is the founding Chair of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice (CCSTP) at Durham University which links together the work of CAFOD, CSAN, Von Hugel Institute, Cambridge, Las Casas Institute, Oxford and Durham University, in the development and communication of Catholic Social Thought. 

Watch and listen to these videos (made by Christians in Politics in late 2015) in the links below. 

Part 1 Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

Part 2 Labour, Capitol and The Living Wage 

Part 3 The Common Good 

Part 4 Cross Party Unity and Migration