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Clifton Parishioner at the Vatican!

Clifton Parishioner at the Vatican!

Clifton Cathedral parishioner Paul Williams has just returned from speaking at the Vatican, where he also met the Holy Father, Pope Francis.Paul is Emeritus Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He was invited to the...

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Cardinal Nichols welcomes annual report on safeguarding

Cardinal Nichols welcomes annual report on safeguarding

Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, welcomed the annual report of the work of safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales. This report has been published every year...

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Youth Ministry Networks launch

Youth Ministry Networks launch

In response to Christus Vivit and the Synod on Youth, Faith & Vocational Discernment, Youth Ministry in the Clifton Diocese is taking a step forward in its support and ministry to Parishes.To facilitate this, we have developed a new vision for Youth...

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Confirmation Catechist formation evenings

Confirmation Catechist formation evenings

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is holding formation sessions for Confirmation Catechists across the diocese. If you are an experienced catechist, or just interested in accompanying young people towards, and beyond the Sacrament, these evenings are ideal....

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Canon Thomas Atthill’s 50th anniversary of Ordination

Canon Thomas Atthill’s 50th anniversary of Ordination

Canon Thomas Atthill was ordained a Priest in Downside Abbey by Bishop Joseph Rudderham on July 18th 1969. On the 21st August, he was joined by many priests from Clifton Diocese and from  other dioceses as well as many friends and family to celebrate the...

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Launch of the ‘Year of Communion’

Launch of the ‘Year of Communion’

Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan community to come together ahead of the launch of the 'Year of Communion'. There are two events to which the bishop extends an invitation to our parishes, schools and communities.On Saturday 19 October we gather at St...

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St Bernadette’s parish youth retreat

St Bernadette’s parish youth retreat

St Bernadette’s parish, Whitchurch hosted their first Youth retreat in July.The theme of ‘Masks we wear' was inspired by scripture and was explored during the retreat.‘We all wear masks in our lives. We wear makeup to make ourselves feel prettier, we act...

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Holy Land Pilgrims return after full week

Holy Land Pilgrims return after full week

By Fr. Anselm, Downside AbbeyArchaeology, Masses, Cable Cars, Prayer, Rafting, Swimming. Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, Masada, Qumran, Caesarea Philippi. These are just a few of the elements that made up the Downside Abbey and Clifton Diocese pilgrimage...

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Swindon Youth Congress success

Swindon Youth Congress success

‘Who are you, Lord?’"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied, when Saul, who supposedly knew all about God posed that question to him.Today we are still asking the same question that Saul asked Jesus 2000 years ago,  and yet seem to be groping in...

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Admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students

Admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students

On Friday evening, 19 July, a number of our deacons and their wives, along with our diaconal students in formation, gathered at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud, to celebrate admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students – Eric...

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Marriage Mass pictures and Homily

Marriage Mass pictures and Homily

The Celebration of Marriage took place in our Cathedral on Saturday 13 July. Bishop Declan gave the Homily at this now annual celebration for the whole diocesan community, especially our married couples. You can hear his full Homily and blessing below.A...

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Street Evangelisation in Clevedon

Street Evangelisation in Clevedon

A team of twenty-five parishioners from the Franciscan Church of the Immaculate Conception took the church out on to Hill Rd, Clevedon on Saturday 13th July.With the gazebo and stall erected the team went to work sharing their love of Jesus and a care for...

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Father Conrad Lowry R.I.P.

Father Conrad Lowry R.I.P.

It is with sadness that we announce that Father Conrad Lowry died on Tuesday 9th July 2019. Father Conrad’s body will be received into St Thomas More, Bradford-on-Avon on Monday 22nd July at 6.00pm followed by the celebration of Mass by Bishop Crispian Hollis and...

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Diocesan day – video, podcast and pictures

Diocesan day – video, podcast and pictures

On Saturday 6 July, hundreds of parishioners from our diocese gathered at St Brendan's College in Bristol to reflect, to celebrate and consider once more what it means for us to be Church at  to enjoy and engage in a full Diocesan day.We were blessed to...

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