Caritas – which means ‘charity’ – is an international Catholic agency with member organisations which are at the heart of the Church’s mission of serving the poor, vulnerable, dispossessed and marginalized.
Caritas is inspired by Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and by the experiences and hopes of people who are disadvantaged and living in poverty.
Jacinta, who grew up in Costessey parish, studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College in London and then chose to come back to live in Norwich.
She said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to serve in this way in East Anglia. Through the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and of the Church in Catholic Social Teaching, we learn to love our neighbour as ourselves and to value everything we have as gift from God. We are called to serve God in the poor and the marginalised. I’m excited to see how the Holy Spirit leads us to serve Him in East Anglia.”
Within the diocese, the work of Caritas will be to oversee the social outreach work carried out by Catholics in East Anglia.
Jacinta said: “Much good work is happening around our diocese by a lot of people, often unseen. We want to celebrate that and in doing so, we hope to encourage others to share in the mission of the Church in serving the poor and marginalised.”
There will be much more information about the work of Caritas – what it does and how you can join in – in future editions of Catholic East Anglia, but if you would like to offer to help right now, please email Jacinta at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caritas East Anglia will continue to be overseen by Fr David Bagstaff.
Pictured above is Jacinta Goode with Bishop Alan and Fr David Bagstaff who is the chair of Caritas East Anglia. Our Lady of Walsingham is at the centre of the diocese and Jacinta is asking people to pray for her intercession for the work of Caritas East Anglia.