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          .

Pastoral Letter

Bishop Declan’s Pastoral Letter for Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8/9 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

Latest news from Clifton Diocese:

Latest news from our Diocese and the Catholic Church

New Confirmation page and information added to our website

‘Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with...

Forthcoming Celebrate Bristol family conference – what’s on offer for those who attend?

Tony and Katherine Wadley reflect on the forthcoming Celebrate Bristol family conference and what's on offer for those who attend. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Celebrate Bristol Catholic family conference. Organised by a team of...

Treasuring the Liturgy exhibition at Clifton Cathedral

An exhibition curated to reflect – through plate and textile – sign and symbol, skill and craftsmanship employed at the service of the Liturgy. Gathering together ‘treasures’ from around the diocese, we are invited along the ‘way of beauty’ to an up-close...

St Patrick’s, Corsham & St Anthony’s, Melksham – Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The idea of this joint parishes pilgrimage came out of a conversation at Celebrate Bristol a couple years ago. At that time, our parishes were ‘twinned’ as part of the future Diocese plan, should one of our priests no longer be around. We had already held...

Pope Francis: “We have not succeeded in responsibly protecting creation”

Pope Francis has marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by releasing a message warning that there needed to be a "renewed and sound relationship" between humanity and creation for the good of the planet. "Only an authentic and integral...

Upcoming events:

Latest events from our Diocese

7:00 pm Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis... @ St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath
Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis... @ St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis and the future! @ St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath | England | United Kingdom
Pope Francis marked the fifth anniversary of his election last week and as five years has come and gone, it provides our diocesan community with an opportunity to reflect upon this five years, explore what[...]
10:30 am RETREAT WEEKEND @ Prinknash Abbey Meeting Room, Gloucester
RETREAT WEEKEND @ Prinknash Abbey Meeting Room, Gloucester
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
RETREAT WEEKEND @ Prinknash Abbey Meeting Room, Gloucester  | England | United Kingdom

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