Our Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey Catholic Church

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

Deanery: Gloucester


Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucester, GL4 8EX

Catholic Priests and People

Very Rev Dom Stephen Horton - Prior
Revd Dom Damian Sturdy - Priest
Revd Dom Martin McLaughlin - Priest/Bursar
Rt Rev Dom Aldhelm Cameron-Brown - Emeritus Abbot
Rt Rev Dom Mark Hargreaves - Director of Liturgy & Music, Oblate Master, Editor of Magazine
Revd Dom Alphege Stebbens - Sub-Prior or Third Superior
Revd Dom Aelred Baker - Priest/Archivist
Revd Dom William Harwood - Retired Deacon
Mr Adrian Jones - Manager
Rt Rev Dom Francis Baird - Superior


Correspondence AddressOur Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey Presbytery
Prinknash Abbey
Phone 01452 812455
Click here to email Our Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey Catholic Church
External Link to Our Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey Catholic Church`s Website: www.prinknashabbey.orgwww.prinknashabbey.org

Nearest Catholic Schools

St Peter`s High & Sixth Form Centre, (2.9 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

St Patrick, Brockworth (1.8 miles)
St Augustine Of Canterbury, Matson (2.2 miles)
Our Lady And St Therese, Painswick (2.6 miles)
The Good Shepherd Ukrainian, Gloucester (3.5 miles)
English Martyrs and St Augustine of Canterbury, Tuffley (3.7 miles)

Nearest Schools and Churches are calculated `as the crow flies` and may not be the closest or easiest when travelling.

About Our Lady & St Peter - Prinknash Abbey Catholic Church

We are NOT a Parish but an "sui iuris" Abbey belonging to the English Province of the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation OSB

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.

Dates: 1928

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