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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.

Clifton Diocesan Vision

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

Clifton Youth Ministry

To provide opportunities for young people to further their involvement in the Catholic Church and develop their faith

Bishop Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang is the ninth Bishop of Clifton.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

Day by day through the Octave of Prayer we listen to Ecumenical representatives across our diocese who help us ponder how we move from shared prayer to shared action

Let this Week of Prayer, maybe, allow you to ponder what we can learn from the other churches and how, in your own area, you might work with the other communities of faith to live out the mission of Christ.

You can hear all the reflections each day by clicking the button below

Anne Doyle gives us a brief introduction to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Anne is the Chair for the Commission for Unity and Dialogue in the Clifton Diocese

Celebrate World Youth Day Panama

This week millions of young people are gathering in Panama to celebrate World Youth Day. This amazing event happens every 2,3 or 4 years and tends to alternate between a venue in Europe and one in the America’s or Asia. Whilst the Clifton Diocese is not attending WYD Panama, we can join young people from across the world in prayer and through Salt & Light Media to keep up to date with what’s happening. It is an important time for young people in the Church and the recent Synod has highlighted the need for parishes to engage with their young people.

The Vigil and closing Mass is when the Holy Father will announce when and where the next World Youth Day will be. Plans are already in place for young people from the Clifton Diocese to attend the next World Youth Day so keep checking back on our Youth Ministry pages for more information!

You can watch World Youth Day in the UK at these times:
Thursday – Papal Welcome at 11.30am
Friday – Way of the Cross at 12 midday
Saturday – WYD Vigil at 12.20pm
Sunday – Final Mass at 2am

Flame 2019

Flame 2019 is the biggest Catholic Youth Event in the UK. It is taking place on Saturday 2nd March at Wembley Arena. Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is providing a special package that includes event ticket, travel and Diocesan scarf all for just £50 per person.

This national Catholic Youth event is a fantastic opportunity for the young people of our diocese to come together with Bishop Declan to celebrate their faith with thousands of other young Catholics from across the UK and Ireland. This is an ideal event for our parishes to bring their young people journeying towards Confirmation. Booking forms and parental consent forms are available. Speakers include. Guvna B, Robert Madu, Archbishop Eammon Martin, with music from Tim Hughes.

Book now to secure your place.

Young people must of Secondary School age to attend.

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