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


Diocese of Lancaster, Bryn Rhos, Lancaster, Lancs, LA1 5NG

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Michael Campbell - Bishop
Rev Canon L Ruscillo - Director of Schools
Fr - Communications Officer
Fr Michael Docherty - Assistant Director of Schools
Mr Len Hampson - Senior Education Advisor
Right Rev John Brewer - Bishop (Deceased)
Rt Rev Brian C. Foley - Bishop (Deceased)
Mr Alex Scott - Director of Education


Correspondence AddressDiocese of Lancaster
Bryn Rhos
Cannon Hill
External Link to Diocese of Lancaster`s Website: www.lancasterdiocese.org.ukwww.lancasterdiocese.org.uk

Catholic Parishes

Cathedral Parish of St Peter & St Thomas More, Lancaster, Lancashire
St Joseph, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
St Peter, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
St Joseph, Ansdell, Lancashire
Our Lady and St Patrick, Maryport, Cumbria
Parish of Arnside & Milnthorpe, Milnthorpe, Cumbria
St Mary, Yealand Conyers, Lancashire
St Edmund Campion, Carlisle, Cumbria
St Catherine Virgin and Martyr, Penrith, Cumbria
St William of York, Pilling, Lancashire
St John the Evangelist, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
English Martyrs, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
St Mary and St Michael, Garstang, Lancashire
St Gregory the Great, Preston, Lancashire
St Clare, Preston, Lancashire
St Augustine of Canterbury, Preston, Lancashire
Sacred Heart, Preston
Holy Family, Freckleton and Warton, Lancashire
St Anthony of Padua, Fulwood
St Robert of Newminster, Preston, Lancashire
St Edmund Campion, Preston, Lancashire
Our Lady and St Michael, Preston, Lancashire
St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, Preston, Lancashire
St Maria Goretti, Preston, Lancashire
St Francis, Preston, Lancashire
Sts Mary and James, Scorton, Lancashire
The Blessed Sacrament, Preston, Lancashire
St Alban, St Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire
St Nicholas Owen, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire
St Mary of Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria
St Columba, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
St Joseph, Wesham, Lancashire
St Mary, Whitehaven, Cumbria
St Benedict, Whitehaven, Cumbria
St Begh, Whitehaven, Cumbria
St Joseph, Lancaster, Lancashire
St Mary, Cleator, Cumbria
St Joseph, Cockermouth, Cumbria
St Bernadette, Lancaster, Lancashire
St Cuthbert, Wigton, Cumbria
St Mary, Egremont, Cumbria
St Mary, Lea Town, Lancashire
Our Lady of the Rosary and St Margaret of Scotland, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Our Lady of Windermere and St Herbert, Windermere, Cumbria
St Anne, Westby, Lancashire
The Assumption, Silloth, Cumbria
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Longtown, Cumbria
St Anthony (served from Dalton), Crossley Street, Askam in Furness
St Andrew,
St Francis of Assisi, Hambleton, Lancashire
St Joseph, Seascale, Cumbria
Christ the King, Blackpool, Lancashire
Cathedral Church of St Alphonsa (St Ignatius), Preston, Lancs
Our Lady Queen of Poland (Polish), Lancaster, Lancs
St John Southworth, Cleveleys, Lancashire
St Wulstan, Alston, Cumbria
SS Peter and Paul, Preston
Christ the Good Shepherd, Workington
St Mary, Newhouse
St Bernard, Knott End, Knott End
St John XXIII, Preston
St Francis Of Assisi Parish, Cumbria - Millom & Coniston
Blessed John Henry Newman, Morecambe
Sacred Heart, PRESTON
Mater Amabilis, Ambleside, Cumbria
Our Lady of Appleby, Appleby, Cumbria
Sacred Heart, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
St Pius X, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Holy Family, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
St Mary of Furness, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Sacred Heart, Blackpool, Lancashire
St Cuthbert, Blackpool, Lancashire
St Kentigern, Blackpool, Lancashire
Sacred Heart, Thornton, Blackpool
St Bernadette, Blackpool, Lancashire
Holy Family, Blackpool, Lancashire
Our Lady of the Assumption, Blackpool, Lancashire
St John Vianney & St Monica, Blackpool, Lancashire
St Augustine, Carlisle, Cumbria
St Bede, Carlisle, Cumbria
Christ the King, Carlisle, Cumbria
St Margaret Mary, Carlisle, Cumbria
Ss Thomas and Elizabeth, Nr Lancaster, Lancashire
Our Lady of Eden, Carlisle, Cumbria
Our Lady of Lourdes, Carnforth, Cumbria
St Mary of the Angels, Bolton le Sands, Lancashire
St Thomas Apostle, Claughton-on-Brock, Preston
St Teresa, Cleveleys, Lancashire
St Mary, Fleetwood, Lancashire
St Edmund of Canterbury, Fleetwood, Lancashire
St Wulstan, Fleetwood, Lancashire
St Joseph, Frizington, Cumbria
Our Lady and St Edward, Fulwood, Preston
St Mary, Fernyhalgh, Preston
St Charles, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Our Lady of the Wayside, Grasmere, Cumbria
St Mary, Great Eccleston
St Andrew and Blessed George, Cottam, Preston
St Mary with Our Lady and St Joseph, Hornby, Caton, Kirkby Lonsdale
Holy Family, Preston, Lancashire
Holy Trinity and St George, Kendal, Cumbria
Our Lady of the Lakes and St Charles, Keswick, Cumbria
The Parish of the Holy Cross, Kirkham, Lancashire
St Anne Westby, Kirkham, Lancashire

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

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About Diocese of Lancaster

The Catholic Church in Lancashire, England, north of the Ribble, and all of Cumbria.

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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