What is Caritas?

Caritas means Charity & Love.

Inspired by the Catholic faith, Caritas Penang is the church in action – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable, excluded, and marginalized regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.

Our Lenten Journey

Lent is a time of prayer, fast and almsgiving. This year, we gave RM145,000 to 29 parishes in the diocese to help them carry out charity works to help the poor.

Who We Serve

Leave no one behind.

In Caritas Penang, our works are rooted in prayers in order to offer love and care for the unloved. We are not an NGO but a church who hear the cries of the society and attend to the need of the people. These are the areas of humanitarian works that we are currently doing.

Migrants and Refugees

Orang Asli

The Poor

The Sick

Our Common Home


Total Lenten Payouts in 2022

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Through 29 Catholic churches in the state of Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Kelantan, 13 organisations and 28 individual social mission groups, we were able to fund for charity and send aid to the poor & excluded in Malaysia.

What We Do

Evangelise through charity.

As a member of the Caritas Internationalis, one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, we work together with other dioceses and archdioceses in Malaysia, Catholic missionary organisations, local communities, group and ministry in parish or diocese level to drive their own development and build a just world for all.
How we Work

Caritas serving out of love.

The source of spirituality for Caritas is the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, his actions, his words, his very person, who went about doing good, healing the sick, returning sight to the blind and proclaiming the Good News of salvation, revealing to us the infinite love of his Father and our Father. Thus, basic human rights such as the right to food, education, shelter and health care have always been at the core of our advocacy work and actions. 

The Words of God

Inspired by the Scriptures and the tradition of Catholic church.

Holy Spirit

To live in a spirituality of the encounter

Catholic Social Teaching

Guided by the social teaching of church.

Serve The Poor

Towards the kingdom of God in solidarity with the poor.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

~ Mother Teresa (Patron Saint of Caritas Malaysia)

Our Social Mission

Empower parish community to become involved in the churches’ social mission.

In Caritas Penang, we fulfil our mission by reaching out to men and women, children, youth and elders of all races and creeds, in particular the poor and marginalised; providing social services, saving lives, rebuilding and empowering communities, working for justice and integral human promotion.

A task that mobilises Church leaders at all levels, parish groups including the poor themselves, volunteers and professionals, in collaboration with other civil society actors, public institutions and international institutions.

Churches across 5 states
All the parish ministries in the Diocese of Penang involved in social mission will now be consolidated under the same umbrella of Caritas as one big social arm of the Catholic Church. 
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Ministries & Missionary Organisations

Inter-deanery, inter-parish, inter-ministry, and networking amongst all the social mission arms of the diocese working together with one common mission and vision which is to bring the heartbeat of Jesus in every aspect of the works of charity we do.

Quick Action

Serve The Poor with Caritas.

We leave no one behind. Contact our representative or visit any Catholic church if you are in need of our help.

There are many things that you can do that will help to make a real difference to the billions of people in the majority world who are disadvantaged. If you would like to contribute to the mission of the church, consider to pray, volunteer or donate to us.

Our Partners

one church in action.

St Anne Dialysis Centre BM




Dialysis treatment

Location: Bukit Mertajam

Need: Donation

Donation Raised:

Persatuan Kebajikan Haemodialisis St. Anne

Persatuan Kebajikan Haemodialisis St. Anne is dedicated to the service of the poor. This centre basically services all from group B40, irrespective of race and religion, everybody seek help here for their renal problem.

mercy home





Location: Butterworth

Need: Donation, Volunteers

Donation Raised:

Mercy Home

Mercy Home is a shelter home for women and children living with HIV/AiDS who do not have anyone to look after them while they are going through opportunistic infections.

nta school for refugee student




Education, Nutrition

Location: Alor Setar

Need: Teachers, Volunteers, Donation

Donation Raised:

NTA School for Refugee Children

Education is fundamental for every children regardless of race or religion but Refugee Children are normally rejected entry by National school. NTA school for Refugee Children provides meal, vitamins and education to ensure the children grow up with bright future.

A great start. I do personally feel it is quit short. It was a great experience being able to learn from the TZU CHI visit. So blessed to know that we are together in bringing God's love and cpmpassion to others.

Fr Sylvester Ngau Juk

Caritas Miri Diocese

First and foremost, I am grateful and thankful to be given the opportunity to participate and be part of the history of in National Caritas Meet.Truly a moment of grace for the Church at large. Thank you

Caroline Ammani

Caritas Melacca Johore Diocese

Very good and so many good experience during this 3 days. Visit to Tzu Chi and sharing from The Philippines rep enlighten me to do more to improve my Caritas.

Dr Ebon Gansoi

Caritas Kota Kinabalu Diocese

Found the 3 day program to be very helpful to inform how to improve CARITAS in my parish. The field trips to the different organisations were great.

Jubili Anilik

Caritas Kota Kinabalu Diocese

It was great! Well organised! The success stories was most valuable for me. And the communion among the members was amazing!

Mary Madaleine

Caritas Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

Interesting and informative. Caritas Internationalis Management Standards Workshop.

Martin Mouk

Caritas Keningau Diocese

All is nicely prepared. The visit to Tzu Chi Foundation helping me a lot to open my mind and humbly to learn.

Fr Raphael Samosir

Caritas Sibu Diocese

Experiential and enjoyable to learn much from all the 3 outings and the fellowship time too at APC

Eta Ting Ming Na

Caritas Sibu Diocese

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What is Caritas

Caritas is the charitable arm of the Roman Catholic Church. It is to spearhead the church’s social mission, to respond to humanitarian crisis, promote integral human development and advocate on the causes of poverty and violence.

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