The Catholic Charity Conference took place earlier this month. As always, the event was well attended and covered some interesting topics. The morning session focussed on the theme of “Working Together”. Roisin Maguire explained to the conference the collaborative work of various Religious Orders and the setting up of a new National Association of Religious Orders in education who are Trustees or Founders of schools and colleges. Stephen Ravenscroft outlined how this might work in England and Wales under civil law and considered appropriate structures and lay management. Canon Law implications were also considered. The second session of the morning considered the issue of funding. There was a discussion about the practical aspects of social enterprise collaboration between the dioceses, parishes, community groups and the public sector. The tax and investment issues arising from collaborative working were examined. During the afternoon session, Julie Moktadir and Harriet Broughton focussed on immigration issues and the end of free movement in light of Brexit. The conference ended with a Question Panel chaired by Tim Rutherford.
Roisin has asked that we circulate the invitation to Province and Religious Leaders to the launch of the new National Association of Religious Orders in Education who are trustees or founders of schools and colleges (ROE) on 2nd July 2019 at St Aloysius, Euston. One of the questions raised at the Conference was on the subject of immigration and Tier 5 Ministers of Religion. There has been a recent update in the rules and Julie considers these further in an article below.