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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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

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!

A life lived in Communion

October 19th 2019
St Brendan’s College

Fr. James Hanvey SJ, will will help us reflect upon A life lived in Communion. The day at St Brendan’s is set to prepare us for the coming Year of Communion and introduce us to the resources that will be available to us from the end of November.


Beauty, Spirit, Matter

October 26th 2019
Clifton cathedral

Keynote speaker for this event is Aiden Hart, Iconographer, visiting Tutor, Price’s School of Traditional Arts, ‘Praying with Icons’.

Exploring St Matthew

27th November 2019
Emmaus House

A short series exploring St Matthew’s Gospel at Emmaus House, Sleep Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol. As we read St Matthew liturgically, John Huntriss will be deepening our understanding of the Jesus we encounter in St Matthew’s Gospel.



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St Francis pupils help launch the Extraordinary Month of Mission

St Francis pupils help launch the Extraordinary Month of Mission

On a fairly wet Tuesday October 1st St Francis School Nailsea were gathered together with Bishop Declan to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. This day also happens to be the start of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Month of Mission. The pupils and staff decided...

Clifton Parishioner at the Vatican!

Clifton Parishioner at the Vatican!

Clifton Cathedral parishioner Paul Williams has just returned from speaking at the Vatican, where he also met the Holy Father, Pope Francis.Paul is Emeritus Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He was invited to the...

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