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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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.

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!

Mass for the Newly Baptised and Newly Received

June 8, 10.30am
Clifton Cathedral

Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in our cathedral with those who were baptised this Easter along with those who were received into full communion with the Church. 

Glastonbury Pilgrimage

July 14
Glastonbury Abbey

12 noon – 3pm; Glastonbury Abbey, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer.
2.15pm; Rosary procession
3.30pm; Mass in the Abbey grounds celebrated, led by Bishop Declan.

Diocesan Day

July 6th 2019
St Brendan’s College, Bristol

It is good for us to be together as we gather to reflect, to celebrate and consider once more what it means for us to be Church. In our diocesan Year of Prayer, we come together to deepen our relationship with God and with one another.


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Our Latest News

School Leaver’s Mass

The first of our two School leaver's Masses happened on Wednesday 12 June at Clifton Cathedral. This annual Mass is for Year 6 pupils as they are preparing to move onto the next phase of their education. Pupils from the Gloucestershire, Newman and Camino...

Canon Michael Fitzpatrick anniversary pictures and homily

On Friday 7 June 2019, a full Salisbury Cathedral joined in the celebration Mass for the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Canon Michael Fitzpatrick, parish priest of St Osmund’s, St Gregory’s and The Holy Redeemer Catholic Churches in Salisbury.This...

Two awards for Clifton Diocese in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

A retired Head Teacher of a Catholic College in Bristol and the Choral Director at Clifton Cathedral have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours.Catherine Hughes was awarded an OBE for services to education. Catherine was the longest...

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