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

Clifton Diocese

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.


Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us.

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!

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Various dates
Several Parishes in the Diocese

Bishop Declan invites you to join him during this season of Lent to celebrate the abundant mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Join him at one of the five venues across our diocese as part of your Lenten Pilgrimage in this Year of Prayer.


Diocesan Day

July 6th 2019
St Brendan’s College, Bristol

Every year our diocesan day draws a diocesan community together for a day’s formation, prayer, reflection and conversation. This year will be no different! It is always a good day and the hope is that there is something for everyone – the young and the young at heart!


Lourdes Pilgrimage

August 23rd – 30th 2019
Lourdes, France

On our annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes with Bishop Declan is always popular. It’s known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, a major pilgrimage site. In the grotto, pilgrims can drink or bathe in water flowing from a spring

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Lampedusa Cross reaches Bristol on it’s tour of the Diocese

The refugee crisis facing the world today is enormous. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do or how to respond. Often, we all hear about are statistics and we can lose the reality that the refugee crisis is about people. Although we may feel...

New Science Block opened by Bishop Declan at St. Bede’s

We were honoured on Tuesday, 12th March to welcome Bishop Declan Lang to St. Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol to officially open and bless Galileo our new Science and Sixth Form Study Centre.We are very proud of our specialist Science status at St....

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John CD

The Cathedral Choir spent an evening recording 'The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John'. Composed by former Cathedral Director of Music Christopher Walker, this is a powerful, tender and haunting setting, evoking the pathos and drama of...

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