About Us

We are an  organisation supported by a vast network of members that offers grants to parishes and churches. With an emphasis on evangelisation, we aim to enable parishes, ministries and individuals to promote the Catholic faith in England & Wales. 

What we do

Offering grants to Catholic parishes and ministries

Since our  earliest foundations, we have sought to support Catholic parishes and innovative  projects that promote the Catholic faith in England & Wales through our grant programmes.

Connecting evangelists  and innovators

Through our membership, we aim to connect dedicated supporters of the Guild’s work with each other and inspire them through  engaging events.

Sharing gOOd news

We aim to share the incredible testimonies and stories of our beneficiaries and members through contemporary mediums. Members of The Guild receive monthly updates in the form of the ‘Ransomer’, our digital newsletter.

Who we are

Vibrant and passionate leadership

The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom is made up of a growing network of members and our trustee board, chaired by the Master of The Guild. Members are invited to our Annual Business Meeting where they may participate  in governing discussions.


Mgr John Armitage

Appointed Master in 2020, Mgr Armitage has been associated with The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom from his days as the Rector at the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Mgr Armitage serves as Parish Priest in St Margaret's Parish, Canning Town, in London's East End.

Honorary Secretary

Dr Peter Ryden MA

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Gregory Wheatley F.C.A.


Ms Eileen Cole


Mr Aidan Christie QC


Mrs Vanessa Donegan MA


Revd Christopher Pearson

Our Foundations


The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom was founded on 29th November 1887 with  the same mission that we are carrying out today.

The conversion of heart of the people of England and Wales

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations’ Matthew 28:19

Welcoming home those who have lapsed from the practice of their Catholic faith

‘We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ Luke 1:24

Praying for those who have died who have no one to pray for them

‘It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.’ 2 Maccabees 12:46