The St Barnabas Society

The St Barnabas Society, The Converts’ Aid Society, was founded 1896, when Pope Leo XIII asked Cardinal Vaughan and our bishops to support clergy from other Christian communities who become Catholics.

The support the St Barnabas Society offers is pastoral, spiritual and financial, depending on the needs of our beneficiaries and their dependents. In recent years large numbers of our beneficiaries have gone on to be ordained as priests in the Catholic Church.

St Barnabas Converts’ Aid is at the heart of the life of the Church in England and Wales, not least because so many Catholics in our parishes have previously been baptised in other Christian communities. We make appeals in parishes, we visit our beneficiaries across the country, we celebrate and commentate on the life of the Church in our country.

We seek to encourage those who are considering leaving their ministry to become Catholics and at the same time recognise that for many, discernment will not mean an easy move to the Catholic Church.

Registered Charity Number: 1009910
Registered address: 4 First Turn, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8AH

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