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


Diocese of Plymouth, Bishop`s House, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5RZ
St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7JL

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Mark O`Toole - Bishop
Ms Sarah Adams - Schools RE Adviser
Mr Michael Bovill - Director
Felicity Stead - Diocesan Newspaper Editor
- Diocesan Communications Officer
Mr John Mannix - Director of Schools

Retired People:

Rt Rev Christopher Budd - Retired Bishop


Correspondence AddressSt Boniface House
Newton Abbot
TQ13 7JL
Phone 01752 224 414
Click here to email Diocese of Plymouth
External Link to Diocese of Plymouth`s Website: www.plymouth-diocese.org.ukwww.plymouth-diocese.org.uk



Catholic Parishes

Plymouth Cathedral of St Mary and St Boniface, Plymouth
Christ the King Parish and Plymouth University Chaplaincy, Armada Way
St Joseph, Devonport
Our Lady of Lourdes, Plympton
St Margaret Mary, Plymstock
Our Lady of the Assumption and St Mary Magdalen, Tavistock
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Petroc, Ashburton
Holy Spirit, Bovey Tracey
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Brixham
St Mary`s Abbey, Buckfast
St Benedict`s, Buckfastleigh
St John the Baptist, Dartmouth
Chapel of St Philip Howard, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
Sacred Heart, Kingsbridge
St Joseph, Newton Abbot
Sacred Heart and St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Paignton
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Salcombe
St Ignatius of Loyola, Shaldon
St Dunstan, New Park
Stover Polish Church, Stover, Newton Abbot
All Saints Parish, Teignmouth, Shaldon and Dawlish
Holy Angels Church, Torquay
Our Lady Help of Christians and St Denis, St. Marychurch, Torquay
Our Lady of the Assumption, Torquay
St Mary and St George, Totnes
St Peter and St Thomas More, Plymouth, Crownhill and Southway
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Efford, Plymouth
Holy Cross, Yelverton
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St Joseph, Wool, Wareham, Lulworth
Holy Trinity, Plymouth, St Budeaux, Keyham
St Rita`s Centre, HONITON
St Mary and St Petroc, Bodmin, Padstow
St Peter`s, Bude
Our Lady of Victories, Callington
Our Lady of All Nations, Camborne and Redruth
St Mary Immaculate, Falmouth
St Joseph the Worker, Hayle
St Mary`s, Helston
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Hugh Town, St Mary`s, Isles of Scilly
St Cuthbert Mayne, Launceston
Our Lady and St. Neot, Liskeard
Our Lady of Light, Looe
St Edward the Confessor, Mawnan Smith
Most Holy Trinity, Newquay
Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, Penzance
Christ the King, Perranporth
Our Lady of the Angels, Saltash
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Agnes
St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell
Sacred Heart and St Ia, St Ives, Cornwall
Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Anthony, St Mawes
Lanherne Monastery, Newquay
St Paul`s, Tintagel
St Joan of Arc, Torpoint
Our Lady of the Portal and St Piran, Truro
St Michael, Wadebridge
St John`s, Beaminster
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Cecilia, Blandford Forum
Christ the King, Kinson, Bournemouth
Our Lady of Victories and St. Bernadette, Ensbury Park
Bovington Army Camp, Bovington
St Mary and St Catherine, Bridport
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Ignatius, Chideock
Holy Trinity, Dorchester
Our Lady & St Benedict, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton
St.Anthony of Padua, Broadstone, Poole
St Joseph and St Walburga, Parkstone, Poole
Our Lady of Fatima, Upper Parkstone, Poole
St Mary`s, Poole
Holy Name and St Edward the Martyr, Shaftesbury
Sacred Heart and St Aldhelm, Sherborne
Holy Spirit and St. Edward, Swanage
St Anthony`s, West Moors
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Weymouth
St Catherine, Wimborne
St Mary, Axminster
Parish of the Immaculate Conception, North Devon
Sacred Heart, Bideford, Bideford
St Peter Prince of the Apostles, Budleigh Salterton
Holy Family, Chagford
St Boniface`s University Parish, Crediton
St Boniface`s, Cullompton
Blessed Sacrament, Heavitree, Exeter
Sacred Heart, Exeter
Holy Cross, Topsham, Exeter
Holy Ghost, Exmouth
The Holy Family, Honiton
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ilfracombe
Ss. Michael and George, Lyme Regis
St Boniface, Okehampton
St Anthony, Ottery St Mary
St Augustine, Seaton
Most Precious Blood, Sidmouth
St Joseph, South Molton
St James, Tiverton
The Holy Family, Torrington
Ivybridge Parish, Ivybridge, Modbury
St Edward the Confessor, Peverell, Plymouth

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

The School Office - Education/Schools

About Diocese of Plymouth

Plymouth Diocese is in the West Country of the UK and consists of the counties of Cornwall (with the Isles of Scilly), Devon and Dorset (west of the original county boundary, thus including two parishes in Bournemouth).

Part of the Catholic Church - you can find other Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools or Religious Orders/Houses and Chaplaincies nearby above. Or you can use the Find a Church Near Me box above to search for a Church, School etc.

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