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Diocese of Clifton

Dioecesis Cliftoniensis

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  • Declan Ronan Lang, Bishop

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 29 September 1850
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Birmingham
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: England
  • Region: Great Britain
  • Square Kilometers: 10,912 (4,214 Square Miles)
  • Description: Comprising: Counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire and the Greater Bristol Area.
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Diocesan Offices, Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8MU, England, Great Britian
  • Telephone: (0117)983.3907
  • Fax: 983.3915

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Western District
30 January 1688ErectedVicariate Apostolic of England Vicariate Apostolic of Western District (erected)
1840Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Western District Vicariate Apostolic of Wales District (erected)
29 September 1850ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Western District Diocese of Plymouth (erected)
Diocese of Clifton
29 September 1850ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Western District Diocese of Clifton


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Clifton

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

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