About Us

The Catholic community is one of the largest communities in the country. There are
approximately 4.5 million Catholics in Britain today.

The Catholic Union was founded in 1870. It is a membership organisation dedicated
to the defence of Catholic values in Parliament and public life, and the promotion of
the common good.

The Catholic Union is an exclusively lay organisation, however it works with the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) and the Catholic
Bishop’s Conference of Scotland (CBCS). It is a consultative body to the Catholic
Bishops of England and Wales.

The membership of the Catholic Union includes people from all parts of the country
and all walks of life. It includes doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, and civil servants.
It represents a wealth of lay Catholic experience and expertise.

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is the Union’s charitable arm. It organises
speeches, seminars and discussions with prominent Catholics and others. It has a
particular interest in Catholic Social Teaching which has much to offer those who
want to create a more just and equal society.


Read more about our work and our history.