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.


Resources and information for National Youth Sunday 23rd November 2019 and our annual Youth Gathering

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!

Celebration of Evening Prayer

November 22nd 2019
Clifton Cathedral

Bishop Declan invites our diocesan community to join him at a celebration of Evening Prayer during which he will present to each parish, community and school the resources for the Year of Communion starting Sunday 1 December.


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.



Women and Faith

27th November 2019
Clifton Cathedral

One of the blessings of living in a multicultural society is that daily we rub shoulders with people of many different faiths and religious traditions. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists among many world religions, make up the rich tapestry of communities in our society.



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Minehead Parishioner celebrates Centenary!

Minehead Parishioner celebrates Centenary!

We are delighted celebrate our "Centenarian" parishioner in Minehead/ Sacred Heart Parish recently. Pictured are Mrs Helen Dowley and Fr Michael Thomas just after a special Mass which was celebrated in Eastleigh Residential Home in Minehead.Assisted by...

Double celebration at St Francis Church Nailsea

Double celebration at St Francis Church Nailsea

On Sunday 20 October there was a double celebration at St Francis Church, Nailsea, when we welcomed Bishop Declan who came to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Gustavo, Marietta, Miguel and Jim and to bless our beautiful new statue of St Francis.The...

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