The Agencies of the Bishops' Conference were established by the Bishops of England and Wales to serve the Catholic community and wider society.

Our agencies work in the fields of overseas mission, aid and development, education, social action and maritime welfare. Each agency has a bishop as President, Chairman or Episcopal Liaison.

Stella Maris

Stella Maris is a Bishops' Conference agency supporting seafarers from across the world meeting their needs by offering help, support and advice.


CAFOD is the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action.

Catholic Education Service

The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW) is the Bishops’ national agency for education.


Missio is the Catholic Church’s official support organisation for overseas mission. It raises awareness and fosters prayer and cooperation in the whole Church.