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Diocese of Brentwood Bishops` Conference of England and Wales (Cymru)


Brentwood Diocese, Cathedral House, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BY

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Alan Williams - Bishop
Mrs Janet Symonds - Secretary
Mr Phil Butcher - Marriage & Family Life Director
Mr Robert Simpson - Director of Schools
Rt Rev Patrick J Casey - Deceased
Rev George Stokes - Director of Education
Rev John Harvey - Diocesan Communications Officer
Mrs Mary Huntingdon - Press Officer

Retired People:

Rt Rev Thomas McMahon - Bishop Emeritus (Retired)


Correspondence AddressBrentwood Diocese
Cathedral House
Ingrave Road
CM15 9BY
External Link to Diocese of Brentwood`s Website: www.dioceseofbrentwood.netwww.dioceseofbrentwood.net


North Essex,
South Essex,
Waltham Forest,
West Essex,

Catholic Parishes

Cathedral Church Of St Mary and St Helen and Holy Cross and All Saints, Brentwood
Holy Cross, South Ockendon
St Mary and St Ethelburga with St Erconwald, Ilford Lane, Barking
St Thomas More, Barking
St Augustine Of Canterbury, Barkingside
St Basil The Great, Basildon
The Most Holy Trinity, Basildon
St Mark`s Church And Community Centre, Beckton
St Vincent, Becontree
Holy Family, Benfleet
The Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Braintree
St Sabina, Brightlingsea-with-Wivenhoe
St Stephen`s Church, Buckhurst Hill
St Cuthbert, Burnham-on-Crouch
St Margaret and All Saints, Canning Town
Our Lady of Canvey and the English Martyrs, Canvey Island
St Bede, Chadwell Heath
Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford
The Blessed Sacrament, Chelmsford
St Monica, Wivenhoe
The Holy Name, Chelmsford
Our Lady of Grace and St Teresa of Avila, Chingford
Christ The King, Chingford
Our Lady Of Light And St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea
St John Vianney, Clayhall
St Bernard, Coggeshall
St James The Less And St Helen, Colchester
St Joseph, Colchester
St Cedd And St Gregory, Colchester
St Theodore Of Canterbury, Colchester
Corpus Christi, Collier Row
Our Lady of Walsingham, Royal Docks
St Peter, Dagenham
Holy Family, Dagenham
St Anne, Barking
English Martyrs, Danbury
St Thomas More, Loughton
St Margaret Of Scotland, Ongar
Our Lady and St Anne Line, Dunmow
St Michael, East Ham
St Peter, Eastwood
St Alban, Elm Park
The Immaculate Conception, Epping
St Antony Of Padua, Forest Gate
Sacred Heart and St Francis, Frinton-on-sea
Christ the Eternal High Priest, Gidea Park
St Cedd, Ilford
St Thomas Of Canterbury, Grays
The Holy Spirit, Great Bardfield
St John Payne, Colchester
St Thomas More, Hadleigh
The Assumption, Hainault
St Francis Of Assisi, Halstead
Our Lady of Fatima & St Thomas More, Harlow
The Assumption of Our Lady, Old Harlow
Holy Cross, Harlow
St Luke, Harlow
St Thomas More, Harlow
Most Holy Redeemer, Harold Hill
St Dominic, Romford
Our Lady Queen Of Heaven, Frinton-on-sea
Our Lady Of Lourdes, Hatfield Broad Oak
St Pius X, Hockley
St Mary Mother Of God, Hornchurch
English Martyrs, Hornchurch
St Joseph the Worker, Hutton and Shenfield
Ss Peter and Paul, Ilford
St John the Baptist, Ilford
St Mary And St Erconwald, Ilford
St John The Evangelist and St Erconwald, Ingatestone
St Mary Immaculate and the Holy Archangels, Kelvedon
St Therese Of Lisieux, Basildon
Our Lady Of Lourdes and St Joseph, Leigh-on-Sea
St Teresa Of Lisieux, Colchester
St John The Baptist, Colchester
St Joseph, Leyton
St Edmund Of Canterbury and St Thomas More, Loughton
Assumption Of Our Lady, Maldon
St Stephen, Manor Park
St Nicholas, Manor Park
St Teresa, Newbury Park
St Helen & St Margaret, Ongar and Doddinghurst
St John Fisher, Southend-on-sea
Our Lady Of La Salette, Rainham
Our Lady Of Ransom, Rayleigh
St Teresa Of The Child Jesus, Rochford
St Edward The Confessor, Romford
Our Lady Of Compassion, Saffron Walden
St George And The English Martyrs, Shoeburyness
St Mary And St Edward With St John, Beckton
St Mary, Witham
The Sacred Heart, Southend-on-Sea
St Anne Line, South Woodford
Holy Trinity, South Woodham Ferrers
St Augustine Of Canterbury, Springfield
The Church Of Our Saviour, Chelmsford
Our Lady And St Joseph, Stanford-le-Hope
St Theresa Of Lisieux, Stansted Mountfitchet
St Peter, Grays
Our Lady And St Joseph, Stock Ingatestone
St Francis Of Assisi, Stratford
The English Martys, Thaxted
Our Lady Star Of The Sea, Tilbury
St John Houghton Catholic Church, Tiptree
St Joseph, Upminster
Our Lady Of Compassion, Upton Park
St Thomas More And St Edward, Waltham Abbey
Our Lady Of The Rosary And St Patrick, Walthamstow
Our Lady Of Lourdes, Wanstead
Holy Cross And All Saints, Brentwood
Our Lady Help Of Christians And St Helen, Westcliff-on-sea
Our Lady Of Good Counsel, Wickford
The Holy Family And All Saints, Witham
St Thomas Of Canterbury, Woodford Green
Durning Hall Community Centre, Forest Gate
St Mary The Virgin Church, Ardleigh
St Mary & St Michael Church, Manningtree
St Peter`s, Sible Hedingham
Holy Trinity & St Augustine, Leytonstone
St Giles C of E Church, Nazeing
HMP & YOI Bullwood Hall, Hockley
Marillac Hospital, Brentwood
Chigwell Convent, Woodford Green
Our Lady and All Saints, Basildon
See Hainault, ABRIDGE
St Paul (served from Aveley - 1), AVELEY - 2
Lourdes Hall, BASILDON
See New Hall, BOREHAM
St Monica, Brightlingsea
St Mary`s [C of E, Brightlingsea
Chelmer Village, CHELMER VILLAGE
Chigwell Convent, CHIGWELL
Christ the King, Chingford
See Stanford-le-Hope, CORRINGHAM
Served from Most Holy Redeemer Harold Hill, HAROLD WOOD
Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Harwich and Dovercourt
St Anthony`s Chapel (served from Stanstead), Stanstead
Convent Chapel, NEW HALL
See Beckton & Silvertown, NORTH WOOLWICH
Served from Our Lady Star of the Sea, ORSETT
See St Basil the Great, PITSEA
See St Thomas of Canterbury, PURFLEET
See St Mary Mother of God, RUSH GREEN
See St Joseph the Worker, SHENFIELD
See St John the Baptist, SHRUB END
See Our Lady of Lourdes, SNARESBROOK
See Christ the King, SOUTH CHINGFORD
New Hall School & Diocesan Pastoral Centre (see New Hall), SPRINGFIELD - 3
(See The Immaculate Conception, THEYDON BOIS
See St Joseph, WEST HORDON
See Colchester - 3, WEST MERSEA
See St Monica, WIVENHOE

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

Diocesan Schools Commission - Education/Schools

About Diocese of Brentwood

The Brentwood Diocese is large and a varied Diocese comprising of the Administrative County of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

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Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (Vocabulary.com).

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery.www.catholicculture.org

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515–552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia