The Conference of Religious (COR) is the association established for the benefit of the major religious superiors of England and Wales and represents religious leaders by uniting them in collaborative initiatives.

The CORrespondent

It’s never too late to wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year – even though Christmas and New Year’s Day seem an age ago already.

You will see that it’s certainly going to be a very full year, with a huge choice of events, workshops, celebrations and retreats you can attend. I’d like to draw your attention in particular to our Religious Safeguarding Seminar in Salford on Thursday 23rd March. You may also like to save the date of the Religious Leaders Training Seminar which will be at Heythrop on 29th June.

You will see all the dates throughout and at the end of this newsletter; we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these meetings in 2017.

Br. James Boner

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The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has been established to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.


The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission was formed in July 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales (CoR), of the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (July 2007)

The NCSC is ‘expected to demonstrate strong, open and accountable leadership in setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and in monitoring compliance.’

National Office for Vocation

The National Office for Vocation is an Office of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. The inspiration for the creation of the Office came from the Church document of 1997 entitled ‘New Vocations for a New Europe, (In Verbo Tuo.)’ This offers a vision of the Church as a community of the called whose task is to call others.