Diocese of Clifton

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


Bishop`s House, North Road, Bristol, Avon, BS8 3PW
St Ambrose, North Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PW

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Declan Lang - Bishop
Mr Nick Tarr - Diocesan Secretary
Mr Phil Gibbons - Diocesan Communications Officer
Mrs Ann Fowler - Assistant Director of Schools
Rt Rev Mervyn Alexander - Bishop (Deceased)
Mrs Colleen Collett - Director of Schools
Rev Bernard Massey - Vicar General
Rev Liam Slattery - Vicar General
Fr Richard Dwyer - Vicar Judicial


Correspondence AddressSt Ambrose
North Road
Leigh Woods
Phone 0117 973 3072
External Link to Diocese of Clifton`s Website: www.cliftondiocese.comwww.cliftondiocese.com


Bristol East,
Bristol North West,
Bristol South,

Catholic Parishes

Cathedral Church Of Ss Peter And Paul, Clifton Park
St Dunstan, Keynsham
St Gregory The Great, Cheltenham
Sacred Hearts Of Jesus & Mary, Cheltenham
St Thomas More, Cheltenham
St Catharine, Chipping Campden
St Benet, Kemerton
Our Lady & St Kenelm, Stow-on-the-wold
St Nicholas, Winchcombe
English Martyrs, Chard
St Mary`s, Glastonbury
St Joseph, Langport
St Michael, Shepton Mallet
St Dunstan`s, Somerton
St Michael, South Petherton
Ss Joseph & Teresa, Wells
Ss Luke & Teresa, Wincanton
The Holy Ghost, Yeovil
Our Lady & St Augustine, Yeovilton
St Patrick, Brockworth
Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour, Churchdown
Our Lady Of Victories and St Joseph, Cinderford
St Margaret Mary, Coleford
St Peter, Gloucester
The Good Shepherd Ukrainian, Gloucester
St Joseph, Lydney
St Augustine Of Canterbury, Matson
Our Lady Of Lourdes, Newent
Our Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey, Cranham
St Joseph, Tewkesbury
English Martyrs and St Augustine of Canterbury, Tuffley
Christ The King, Amesbury
St Osmund, Salisbury
St Gregory And The English Martyrs, Salisbury
Most Holy Redeemer, Salisbury
Tisbury and Wardour Parish, Tisbury
St Mary Of The Angels, Bisley
St Peter, Cirencester
St Mary, Cricklade
St Dominic, Dursley
St Thomas Of Canterbury, Fairford
St Joseph, Nympsfield
Our Lady And St Therese, Painswick
Convent Chapel, Randwick
St Joseph, Stonehouse
The Immaculate Conception, Stroud
St Michael, Tetbury
The Annunciation, Woodchester
Holy Cross, Wotton-under-edge
St Aldhelm, Malmesbury
St Thomas More, Marlborough
Holy Rood, Swindon
Holy Family, Swindon
St Mary, Swindon
Polish Catholic Centre, Swindon
St Peter Church, Swindon
The Sacred Heart, Royal Wootton Bassett
St Joseph, Wroughton
St Joseph, Bridgwater
St Stanislaus, Dulverton
Sacred Heart, Minehead
St Teresa Of Lisieux, Taunton
St John Fisher and St Richard, Wellington
St Thomas More, Bradford-on-Avon
St Edmund, Calne
St Patrick, Corsham
Our Lady Of The Immaculate Conception, Devizes
St Catharine of Alexandria, Frome
St Joseph, Lavington
St Anthony Of Padua, Melksham
St George, Warminster
St Bernadette, Westbury
Our Lady & The English Martyrs, Burnham-on-Sea
Our Lady Queen Of The Apostles, Cheddar
Immaculate Conception, Clevedon
St Francis Of Assisi, Nailsea
St Joseph, Portishead
Corpus Christi, Weston-super-Mare
St Joseph, Weston-Super-Mare
Our Lady Of Lourdes, Weston-Super-Mare
Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Our Lady Help of Christians, Bourton-on-the-Water
St George, Taunton
St John the Baptist, Trowbridge
Our Lady & St Alphege, Bath
St John The Evangelist, Bath
St Mary, Bath
Ss Peter & Paul, Bath
The Good Shepherd, Batheaston
Holy Ghost, Midsomer Norton
Our Lady, Norton St Philip
St Joseph, Peasedown St John
St Benedict, Stratton On The Fosse
Our Lady Of Lourdes And St Bernadette, Kingswood
St John Fisher, Frenchay
St Augustine Of Canterbury, Downend
St Nicholas Of Tolentino, Easton
St Patrick, Redfield, Bristol
St Joseph, Fishponds
St Lawrence, Chipping Sodbury
Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym
Our Lady Of The Rosary, Lawrence Weston
St Vincent De Paul, Southmead
St Antony, Henbury
Holy Family, Patchway
Our Lady Of Ostrobrama Polish Parish, Bristol
St Bonaventure, Bishopston
St Bernard, Shirehampton
St Teresa Of The Child Jesus, Filton
Portbury Dock Chaplaincy, Portbury
Christ The King, Thornbury
St Mary-on-the-Quay, Bristol
Christ The King, Knowle West
St Pius X, Withywood
St Bernadette, Whitchurch
St James Priory Church, Bristol
Holy Cross, Bedminster
St Gerard Majella, Knowle
The Sacred Heart, Chew Magna

About Diocese of Clifton

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.

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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