Faith in Politics is a Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme, which was started in 2003. The scheme uniquely offers a foundation of Catholic faith and spiritual formation for those who believe that they may have a vocation to public service in politics or public affairs. Interns commit to a varied year working in Parliament with an MP or in the public affairs teams of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and its agencies: the Catholic Education Service, CAFOD, and the Caritas Social Action Network. They also study for an MA in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. The group lives at More House, a Catholic hall of residence in Kensington, London.
The interns explore the explore the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events and trips abroad, including a visit to Rome on pilgrimage, to learn how the Vatican works, and how the UK relates to the Holy See. Importantly their journey begins and ends with a retreat, and spiritual guidance is an integral part of the year.
This internship scheme makes real difference to the mission of the Church, to civic life in our country, and to those with whom the interns work, especially the MPs, seeing a different aspect of the Catholic Church.