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

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 Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles 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

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!

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!


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.

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

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Our Latest News

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse – 12 April 2019

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has highlighted the importance of prayer and suggested to Pope Francis that the worldwide Catholic Church should join together in a day of prayer. The Holy Father has welcomed this initiative.In...

Christ is Alive! Letter to young people from Pope Francis

Pope Francis has issued his Apostolic Exhortation in the form of a letter to young people. This letter is the final document from the Synod on Youth, Faith & Vocational discernment that began in 2017, with the Synod itself taking place in October...

Youth ministry journey in Malmesbury

The youth group from St Aldhelm’s Malmesbury is a fantastic example of Youth Ministry in a rural parish in the Clifton Diocese. Three years ago, a group of adults who wanted to see young people being part of the parish, met with Dave Wheat, Diocesan...

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