Clifton Diocese
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

Pastoral areas

See the new map of our Diocese with the new Pastoral areas

Live Mass

You can watch a daily Mass live from Clifton Cathedral

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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

Clifton Cathedral

Clifton Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul) in Bristol is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Clifton and the Seat of Bishop Declan Lang, the ninth Bishop of Clifton

Clifton Diocese

We welcome all to join us!


Tasked by our Bishop with implementing the vision of the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council


We continue in Clifton Diocese to pray for vocations to the priesthood. All the information about Vocations here


In October 2023, Pope Francis convened the First Session of the Universal Stage of the Synod on Synodality

The God Who Speaks

Resources and information for ‘The year of the Word’ – the God who Speaks. See how you can get involved


Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults

Bishop Declan

Bishop Lang’s Episcopal Ordination was on 28 March 2001 in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol               .

Pastoral Ministry & Formation

Forming people for Parish Service. “To all whom I send you, you shall go” . These pages are intended to bring you closer to Jesus


Find all the information about our Diocesan pilgrimages: Lourdes, Glastonbury and the Holy Land

Pastoral areas

Our 9 new Pastoral Areas that replace the Deaneries of the Diocese of Clifton                                             .

We Are the People of God

In October 2023, Pope Francis convened the First Session of the Universal Stage of the Synod on Synodality. Bishops, religious, and lay men and women from around the world gathered to listen to one another and discern the voice of the Holy Spirit as expressed in the local, diocesan, and continental stages which preceded the Universal Stage. While delegates from around the world – including four from England and Wales – gathered in person in Rome, Clifton Diocese ran a series of webinars to invite our parishioners to discern alongside them.  The speakers were Bishop John Arnold (Salford Diocese), Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Dr Greg Ryan, Jenny Sinclair, and Canon Philip Inch.

Click here to watch all the presentations