About Us



The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom was founded on 29th November 1887 with a mission, 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



Our mission has always remained the same, to carry out the Great Commission given to the Church by Jesus, to "go and make disciples, of all the peoples." (Matthew 28:19)

The way we live out this mission builds upon our traditional support for parishes and innovative ideas. We give this support to those in need through grants, partnerships and resourcing.



Vibrant Catholicism is a result of our faith being 'ever ancient and ever new'. As the Church faces the challenges of this new millennium, our ancient faith enables us to speak the truth of Christ in a way that resonates with people of today. Because of this, we are looking to empower and support projects that aim to evangelise.

' ...according to our need, so will be our strength.' St John Henry Newman

Supporting the

Local Church

To reach the many who are unchurched or who have left the Church, we know that the local parish has a critical role to play in the evangelisation of England and Wales today. That’s why we are passionate about investing in parishes and encouraging evangelisation there, so that the local Catholic community can become a place where hope can be found in the person of Jesus Christ. Our 'Ransom Grants' are how we financially support this objective.

A network of evangelists and innovators


We know that if our work is to succeed, we need to be living from a place of prayer. Fruitful evangelisation will be impossible if it is not founded on a bedrock prayer. That is why we ask our members to pray daily for the work of the Guild, so that all our efforts would be blessed.

Members of

The Council

The Guild's council is the responsible for guiding the mission and overseeing the activities of the Guild.

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.

Dr Peter Ryden MA

Honorary Secretary

Mr Gregory Wheatley F.C.A.

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Nigel Parker MA


Mr Aidan Christie QC


Revd Richard Andrew


Revd Christopher Pearson


Mr Charles Livingston


Mrs Vanessa Donegan MA


Our work

What We Do

Since our founding in 1887, our mission has been to promote the Catholic faith throughout England & Wales. We support initiatives to welcome home those who have lapsed from the practice of their faith, and pray for those who have died with no one to pray for them. This mission has always been supported by our members, a network of Catholics passionate about the evangelisation of England & Wales.

As an independent Catholic Charity we seek to inspire, equip, and support the works of the Catholic Church throughout England and Wales. We offer financial support to parishes, organisations and individuals working in evangelisation and local mission. This work has lead to the creation of a network of members which brings together those committed to the New Evangelisation, to share, learn and grow.

Become a


If you would like to get involved in this work of evangelisation in England & Wales, sign up here and become a member of the Guild today.