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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We welcome all to join us!

Marriage & Family Life

Resources to encourage and support families in our communities and to support married life


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

Get Involved

Lots happening in our diocese!

Celebration of Marriage

July 13th 2019
Clifton Cathedral

The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral on Saturday 13 July. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon. This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community…


Glastonbury Pilgrimage

July 14
Glastonbury Abbey

12 noon – 3pm; Glastonbury Abbey, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer.
2.15pm; Rosary procession
3.30pm; Mass in the Abbey grounds celebrated, led by Bishop Declan.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

August 23 – 30

“Blessed are the poor, for the kingdom of God is yours”

Bishop Declan invites you to take part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes


Clifton Diocese

Our Latest News

Father Conrad Lowry R.I.P.

It is with sadness that we announce that Father Conrad Lowry died on Tuesday 9th July 2019. Father Conrad’s body will be received into St Thomas More, Bradford-on-Avon on Monday 22nd July at 6.00pm followed by the celebration of Mass by Bishop Crispian Hollis and...

Diocesan day – video, podcast and pictures

On Saturday 6 July, hundreds of parishioners from our diocese gathered at St Brendan's College in Bristol to reflect, to celebrate and consider once more what it means for us to be Church at  to enjoy and engage in a full Diocesan day.We were blessed to...

Cotswold Way Challenge success

Report by Ann Fowler, Deputy Director, Clifton Schools and Colleges. 8.30 Saturday morning June 29th. Over in Glastonbury people are just beginning to stir, waking up to celebrate the fact that this Glastonbury they are not mired in mud, the sun is...

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