Our Story

Catholic Student Network. has been running events and online campaigns since 2017 and became an official charity in 2021. We are a member of CYMFed - Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales.

We exist to connect, equip and empower Catholic university students across England and Wales so that they can build flourishing Catholic communities where they are and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our vision is to see Catholic students raised up as missionary disciples, leaving higher education with a deeper awareness of God’s call on their life and going on to be leaders in the Church.

Universities provide a unique space of exploration for students and we believe that the beauty of the Catholic faith and welcoming Catholic student communities should be there for all to discover.

We host events, support university Catholic societies,  run social media campaigns and create resources to support Catholic students on campus.

Meet the Team

Our team is made up of students, recent graduates and people working in university chaplaincies in England & Wales, who are passionate about helping students to grow in their Catholic faith and build flourishing communities at university. Scroll down to meet us!

The Team

We invest in student leadership by empowering student Project Officers to run the Catholic Student Network online platform and events during the academic year.

Jasmine de Kretser


Jasmine is Mission Coordinator for CSN. She recently finished an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law from St Mary’s University in Twickenham, and whilst at university, she was involved in the leadership of the Catholic Society for three years. Jasmine is currently involved with theASCENT, CELEBRATE Trust, and Stay Awake.

Francesca Blondell


Francesca is the media manager for CSN. She is completing her undergraduate masters in Physics at Durham University, researching in the field of organic lasers. Through her time on the Durham CathSoc exec, university became a place where she grew in faith and learnt the importance of having a Catholic community whilst studying. Alongside her role with CSN and her studies, she is involved with theASCENT and with God and the Big Bang, facilitating faith and science workshops.

Ben Plimmer


Ben is on our board of trustees; he recently graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Masters in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, and now works as an engineering project manager. He is a leading member of the Catholic youth ministry organisations The Ascent and Joel’s Bar.

Daisy Vanderputt


Daisy, one of our trustees, is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she was Chair of Birmingham Catholic Society, involved in setting up the pro-life and SVP societies and achieved a Master’s in International Peacebuilding. Before university, Daisy served as a missionary with NET Ministries in the US and she is actively involved with Youth 2000 and The Ascent as a leader.

Adam D'Souza


Adam, another of our trustees, has come full circle, having helped form CSN in its infancy. Day-to-day he works in pension advisory, advising corporates, and charities (including universities), and his financial background is invaluable support as CSN enters a new growth phase. Adam studied mathematics at the University of Bath, where he was Treasurer at the Catholic Society; he also spent his placement year in Birmingham, where he became an honorary member of the Brum CathSoc.

Mary Madziva


Mary, also a trustee, is the Retreat Development and Outreach Coordinator for the Hexham & Newcastle Youth Ministry Team. Prior to this, Mary was lay chaplain at the University of Sunderland and studied Pastoral Ministry with the Loyola Institute at the University of Chicago. Mary's roots are in the Midlands, where she studied BSc Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

Jonny Reid


Jonny is our newest trustee. Whilst completing an MSci in Biology and Marine Biology in Southampton he was heavily involved in student wellbeing and mental health support, having volunteered with and eventually chairing the Nightline service there. He first encountered CSN by attending the summer leadership summit in 2021 as the Catholic Society President and he is now active in Salford, helping organise the monthly Youth 2000 Holy hours and various other events in the area while working as a trainee accountant.

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Catholic student leader?

If you are a Catholic student leader, don't miss out on our Catholic Student Leadership Summit,
which will take place on 13-15 September this year. To find out more, click the link below!