The membership of the Conference comprises the Archbishops, Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops of the 22 Catholic Dioceses of England and Wales. The other members are: The Bishop of the Forces (Military Ordinariate), the Apostolic Eparch of the Ukrainian Church in Great Britain, the Apostolic Eparch for Syro-Malabar Catholics in Great Britain, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, The Bishop of Gibraltar, and the Apostolic Prefect of the Falkland Islands.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has six departments: Catholic Education and Formation, Christian Life and Worship, Evangelisation and Discipleship, Dialogue and Unity, International Affairs and Social Justice.
The purpose of the National Tribunal Service is to enhance impartiality, transparency and consistency in the application of canon law across its jurisdiction in penal cases.
Mater Ecclesiae College (MEC) provides for the education of seminarians training for the priesthood, as well as lay men and women. Studies are completed through the MEC, a Pontifical Institute based at the Diocese of Westminster's Seminary, Allen Hall, in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
The work undertaken at the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and its Agencies and Offices encompasses a wide range of issues and touches on many aspects of the life of the Church and of society.
The Bishops’ Conference liaises with representatives of ecclesial movements and new communities. The information that follows includes contact details for some of those working in England and Wales.
The Bishops' Conference offers the following criteria and commentary for the guidance to all organisations that wish to be considered for entry in the Catholic Directory of England and Wales.