Our History


Coming together to listen and plan

“Whoever does not gather with me, scatters.” (Luke 11:23).

Looking back at the history of the Church, in the beginning, everyone did charity. Gradually, as we became more structured, we have sub-contracted to charity. Now, the spirit is moving us towards organising the whole Church for charity and having to embrace it wholeheartedly by setting aside individual hang-ups and agendas while working towards a specialised network.

The Benefit of Caritas

to formulate a systematic approach to charity and development.

The inter-diocesan collaboration, this coming together under one big umbrella will give us a stronger visible presence of the church in action in the marketplace.


We are able to do this most effectively when we discover our identity together, in a common mission and vision rather than having identities that are exclusive or competitive.


We will be able to leverage on the strength and talents of our diverse members from all the dioceses in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

Milestone and Highlights

Overview of our jouney.

The Bishops felt that Churches in Malaysia could benefit from capacity building, regional networking, professional expertise, and work in solidarity with other Caritas in helping the vulnerable communities here. Thus, in Nov 2020, Caritas Malaysia was officially launched, followed by the setting up of the Diocesan and Parish Caritas in different dioceses, including the Diocese of Penang.



Caritas Penang








CWS Malaya


Caritas - Diocese of Penang

Was launched on 31st August 2021 and was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Sebastian Francis  D.D. at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang

Caritas Malaysia (CM)

The online launch of CM and its first National Assembly. Regional conversation with heads of Sabah, Sarawak, and Semenanjung.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia (CBCM)

Dialogues with Caritas officers from Vatican and Asia, and decides to renew its membership with the Caritas federation.

The Penang Office for Human Development (POHD)

To provide opportunities for all people to participate in the care of the underprivileged, the marginalised, and the suffering.

Catholic Welfare Services (CWS)

Begins as the arm of the church in Malaya for welfare and charity in Kg. Simee, Perak

Caritas Internationalis

Wherever there is need in the world, there is a Caritas organisation to provide practical help, love and support. 

Caritas Malaysia

Bishops unanimously decided to establish Caritas Malaysia as an overarching body for all organisations involved in charity and development work.

Together We

Build one body of Jesus.

According to the Catholic Social Teaching principle of subsidiarity, the higher instance is to empower and enable the lower instance without taking over its role. Thus, Caritas Penang and parish-level Caritas are the first implementers of concrete action and service to the neediest.

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One Mission

Toward a civilization of love.

Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.

Faith in action

We animate Catholic communities and all people of good will in solidarity with the suffering of their brothers and sisters around the world.

Emergency response

We save lives, relieve suffering, and help rebuild livelihoods and communities in the longer term.

Transforming lives

We work to ensure that our natural environment is managed responsibly and sustainably in the interests of the entire human family.

Calling for a better world

Caritas seeks a world where the voices of the poor are heard and acted upon.


Call Us If You Want To Work Together

The Catholic church’s mission is to carry out and continue the work of Jesus Christ on earth. Therefore, we seek to work with communities, non-governmental organisations, and local authorities to promote an inclusive and sustainable development for all.

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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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Caritas Penang comes under the jurisdiction of The Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang.

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