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 a roadmap for the three year Vision

Bishop Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang is the ninth Bishop of Clifton and was ordained a priest on 7 June 1975 and his Episcopal Ordination was on 28 March 2001

Find Parishes & Schools

There are 104 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 and enduring Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles under the authority of St Peter 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’ Monthly Intentions

The Pope Video is to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.

Today’s Readings

What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

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!

Flame 2019

March 2nd @ All day
Wembley Arena

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.


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

Clifton Diocese

Our Latest News

St George’s Warminster 90kg Rice Challenge

Just over four years ago in November 2014 the parish of St George’s Warminster, adopted the 90kg Rice Challenge as a way of supporting vulnerable people at home and abroad. The challenge is an initiative of Just Trading Scotland (JTS), a Fairtrade company...

Bishop Declan meets School Chaplains at St Mary’s

The children and staff at St Mary’s Primary School in Swindon were thrilled with the recent visit by Bishop Declan.  He came because our School Chaplains invited him to come and talk to the school about prayer and to look at the work they have been doing...

Young people head to Flame

Over 250 young people will be attending CYMFed Flame at Wembley Arena in a few weeks’ time. Bookings for diocesan tickets is now closed, however tickets are still available directly from CYMFed. Our tickets have been allocated to our parishes and schools...

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