About Us

Catholic Social Teaching.org.uk is a livesimply initiative, a network of 60+ charities who support the radical idea that God calls us to look hard at our lifestyles and live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor people at home and overseas.

The livesimply project of the Catholic Social Teaching website, was launched in Nov 2006, inspired by the encyclical Populorum Progressio on “The Development of Peoples” wrote by Pope Paul VI in 1967. It’s key message: ‘God asks us to look at our lifestyles and to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with those in poverty’, is one that every faith based community can take on-board.

The vision for the livesimply challenge is that by making more explicit the link between faith and action, global social justice will become a mainstream concern for a more diverse range of Catholics. More Catholics will change their attitudes, lifestyles and behavior in response to the challenge and make a clear and lasting commitment to action for social justice.

livesimply encourages people to deepen their faith and discern in prayer what they are called to be and do.  People are challenged not only to learn about ‘the Church’s best kept secret’ but then to respond through prayer and liturgy, through campaigning, through local action, and through lifestyle change.

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The livesimply Coordinating group is the executive board of livesimply, it is composed of individuals who are experts in their field and have a passion for social justice. The individuals represent the 60+ charities in the livesimply network.

The Livesimply network

The livesimply network is made up of over 60 charities, dioceses and religious orders: Arundel & Brighton DioceseAssociation of Catholic ChaplainsBishop’s Conference of England & WalesBosco Volunteer ActionBrigidine SistersBrothers of CharityCAFODCSANCARJCatholic Charismatic RenewalCatholic Education ServiceCatholic Peoples WeeksChristian Concern for One WorldChristian Ecology LinkChristian Life CommunityChurch Action on PovertyColumban Justice & PeaceConference of ReligiousCongregation of JesusDaughter of Charity of St. Vincent de PaulHelpers of the Holy SoulsHousing JusticeJesuitsJesuit MissionsJesuit Refugee ServiceJust YouthLa Retraite CongregationLeeds DioceseLiverpool ArchdioceseMiddleton Grange Retreat CentreMissioMount St. Jesuit Centre, National Catholic Refugee Forum, NBCWNCLANational Justice & Peace NetworkOikocredit UKOperation NoahPax ChristiPortsmouth DioceseProgressioRedemptorist PublicationsSalford DioceseSalesians of Don BoscoSion communitySociety of St. GregorySoli House Youth Retreat CentreSouthwark ArchdioceseSPEC CentreSt.Benedict’s CollegeSt.Vincent de PaulThe Ascent MovementThe Catenian AssociationThe Grail SocietyThe Knights of St. ColombaThe Marist WayThe Passionist CongregationThe Servite SistersVerbum DeiVides UKVincentians in PartnershipWestminster Archdiocese and YCW Impact.

Meet our Patrons

livesimply is proud to have two senior church figures as patrons. They are the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols and the Bishop of Clifton, The Rt Rev Declan Lang.

Archbishop Vincent NicholsCardinal Nichols said, “To live more simply and in solidarity is a radical gesture against injustice throughout the world… To live more simply is to live more spiritually. Public culture in Britain today is aggressively secular and we must take on empty secularism.”

To view Cardinal Nichols introducing this website click here. To listen to the Cardinal interviewing Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage, a Charity helping the homeless, click here.

Bishop Declan LangBishop Lang said, “We must continue to be aware of the way our lifestyle can greatly affect the environment within which we live.

The consequences of our actions can have a life-changing effect on our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We are part of creation and the planet has been entrusted to us as a gift to be respected and passed on to future generations. We are called not only to have a profound respect for human life, but all life as created by God.”

With thanks:


Fr. Jim O’Keefe, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Christine Allen, Raymond Perrier, Ellen Teague, Pat Gaffney, Martin Poulsom, Susy Brouard, Anne Peacey, John Battle, Megan McKenna, Brian Davies, Mary Colwell, Dermott McNulty, Tina Beattie, Alison Gelder, Keith Ewing, Kevin Burr, Frances Murphy, Lee Siggs, Rt Revd John Sentamu, James Trewby, Bruce Kent, Steve Atherton, Ashleigh Callow, Ged Clapson, Sr. Margaret Scott, Julian Filochowski, Esther Trewinnard, Danny Curtin, Patrick Hynes and Chris Knowles.


The following organisations have financed the CST project: Jesuit Social Justice Fund, Progressio, Sisters of Mercy, CAFOD, and an unknown benefactor. Thank you for your support in making it possible.

CatholicSocialTeaching.org.uk was previously managed and hosted by Progressio, but is now managed and hosted by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN).