Welcome to 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 Year with Mark

A series of monthly reflections by Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB helping each of us in our re-reading of the gospel of St Mark


The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool in September 2018

Our Diocesan Vision

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

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Latest news from our Diocese and the Catholic Church

Summer camps explore Mission in a fun way!

The Living Your Faith camps take place annually and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese. They are held over two weeks during August: the first week for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). All...

St James Day Mass at St James Postlip with the parishioners of Winchcombe

A special Mass was held last week at St James' in Postlip. The church was built in the reign of King Stephens, converted into a barn at the Reformation and restored by local Catholics and reconciled to use by the Bishop of Clifton in 1896. Masses are...

Treasuring the Liturgy exhibition at Clifton Cathedral

An exhibition curated to reflect – through plate and textile – sign and symbol, skill and craftsmanship employed at the service of the Liturgy. Gathering together ‘treasures’ from around the diocese, we are invited along the ‘way of beauty’ to an up-close...

Farewell to Deacon Peter Hinchey

Peter was received into St Augustine of Canterbury Bristol at 5pm on Monday 16th July and then over 200 people came to a special Mass that evening which Fr Frank had arranged to give everyone a chance to say their goodbyes. The next morning Peter's Requiem...

St Patrick’s Church Redfield Special Celebration

The Confirmation Ceremony for 34 candidates from St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s parishes in East Bristol in July was also an opportunity for Bishop Declan to bless the new extensions to St. Patrick’s Church. Over 500 guests supported the young people at a...

Our Diocesan Family