Welcome to 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 Year with Mark

A series of monthly reflections by Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB helping each of us in our re-reading of the gospel of St Mark


The bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool in September 2018

Our Diocesan Vision

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

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Latest news from our Diocese and the Catholic Church

Farewell to Deacon Peter Hinchey

Peter was received into St Augustine of Canterbury Bristol at 5pm on Monday 16th July and then over 200 people came to a special Mass that evening which Fr Frank had arranged to give everyone a chance to say their goodbyes. The next morning Peter's Requiem...

St Patrick’s Church Redfield Special Celebration

The Confirmation Ceremony for 34 candidates from St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s parishes in East Bristol in July was also an opportunity for Bishop Declan to bless the new extensions to St. Patrick’s Church. Over 500 guests supported the young people at a...

Teenager to be canonised during youth synod

Pope Francis has added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognise as saints on October 14th during the month-long meeting of the world synod of bishops on young people. During an ordinary public consistory on July 19th, Pope...

Pope announces Youth Synod Cardinals

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed 4 cardinals as presidents delegate for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which has as its theme, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The presidents delegate are: Chaldean Patriarch...

Ride for Vocations 4 – COMPLETE!

Over the past couple of weeks, Fr Matt has been cycling up some of the classic climbs of the Tour de France in the Alps and the Pyrenees and also the mighty Mont Ventoux in Provence. He has been offering his ride for vocations to the priesthood, religious...

Our Diocesan Family