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 Cathedral


Clifton Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul) in Bristol is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Clifton and the Seat of Bishop Declan Lang, the ninth Bishop of Clifton.

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

A Future full of Hope

The Year of Communion we will focus on a Spirituality of Communion and how we are called and saved, not as individuals but as God’s people. 

Clifton Diocese

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Cardinal welcomes resumption of collective acts of worship from 4 July

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said:

“I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England. I thank all who have worked hard to bring this about, not least my fellow religious leaders.

“As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 July. We have waited with patience and longing for this moment, understanding the importance of protecting the health of people in our society. Now we are full of anticipation that we will be able again to take part together in the Eucharist, which lies at the centre of our faith.

“It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk. Our own detailed guidance will be distributed around dioceses and parishes so everyone can be confident that they may come to Mass securely and understand the part they are to play in protecting each other from any remaining risk of infection.

“The past few months have been a time of fashioning new patterns of prayer, new ways of exploring and enriching our faith and vigorous ways of reaching out to those in need. We can build on these, forgetting nothing of the graces we have been given. Yet now, with the experience of opening our churches for individual prayer already gained, this return to the more normal patterns of worship will be of great importance to all Catholics.

“This time of our ‘Eucharistic fast’ has made our hearts grow in longing for that moment when we can come together and receive again the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. That moment is now very near and for that we thank God.”


Bishop Declan has recorded a short message about the opening of many of our churches

Fr Christopher Whitehead, parish priest of St John the Evangelist in Bath, reflects on a weekend that saw Catholics in England return to Church for Mass. Numbers are, of course, limited to allow for social distancing but having a physical congregation rather than just a virtual one was a joy for both priest and people alike.

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

Laudato ‘Si

.On the Care for our Common Home is the Pope’s Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology.

Resources and information for ‘The year of the Word’ – the God who Speaks. See how you can get involved                                                        .

Pope Francis

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

Faith & Formation

Catholicism is the most ancient and enduring Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles under the authority of St Peter to go and proclaim his love to the world.

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

Isolation during the Year of Communion:

As we journey through the Year of Communion we hear from people around the diocese and beyond about their experience of living in isolation during this time of COVID-19.

Our Director of Adult Education and Evangelisation, Sarah Adams, introduces the series of audio reflections.

Reflection 14: My name is Karen and I am blessed with two amazing children. We worship at St John the Evangelist in BATH. I work for a Charity. As with many parents/single parents, I am navigating the new territory of home schooling, (thankfully) work and isolation. This is where pressing into our Faith and joyfully into Jesus becomes our survival mode. Listen to all the Reflections on our Communion page:


Live Daily Mass

You can watch a daily Mass live from Clifton Cathedral below at 9.30am

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