Clifton Diocese

Clifton Diocese is the Catholic diocese covering the West of England and includes the City and County of Bristol, the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

A Future Full of Hope


The new Diocesan Vision, inspired by Pope Francis, emphasises a ‘more outward focus’ and sets out out a roadmap for the three year Vision

Bishop Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang is the ninth Bishop of Clifton. Within the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he is Chair of the Department of International Affairs

Find Parishes & Schools

There are 107 parishes within 13 deaneries in the Clifton Diocese along with 53 primary, 9 secondary, 6 independent and 2 special schools

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Sacred space

Discover a wealth of prayer resources to support and enhance your daily prayer                               .


Tasked by our bishop with implementing the vision of the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council

What We Believe

Catholicism is the most ancient Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles to go and proclaim his love to the world.

Faith in Action

Recognising, rewarding and celebrating the active faith and service of young people                              

Pope Francis

The Pope’s Monthly Intentions videos are to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father

Today’s Readings

What is the Liturgy of the Hours? Find the daily readings courtesy of

Youth Ministry

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry provides opportunities for young people to further their involvement in the Catholic Church


Find all the information about our Diocesan pilgrimages: Lourdes, Glastonbury and the Holy Land


“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2019

Re-live the Pilgrimage


Our annual Lourdes Pilgrimage provides an opportunity for us to gather as a Diocese with Bishop Declan and to pray and journey in faith. It is a time to step away from the rigours of life and to seek the peace, healing and grace which a pilgrimage experience can bring.

The Clifton Diocesan Pilgrimage happened last week and you can see and hear the Pilgrimage on this website.

Re-visit the Lourdes Pilgrimage

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Cardinal Nichols welcomes annual report on safeguarding

Cardinal Nichols welcomes annual report on safeguarding

Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, welcomed the annual report of the work of safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales. This report has been published every year...

Youth Ministry Networks launch

Youth Ministry Networks launch

In response to Christus Vivit and the Synod on Youth, Faith & Vocational Discernment, Youth Ministry in the Clifton Diocese is taking a step forward in its support and ministry to Parishes.To facilitate this, we have developed a new vision for Youth...

Confirmation Catechist formation evenings

Confirmation Catechist formation evenings

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is holding formation sessions for Confirmation Catechists across the diocese. If you are an experienced catechist, or just interested in accompanying young people towards, and beyond the Sacrament, these evenings are ideal....

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