Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales is the permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops and Personal Ordinaries in the two member countries.

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.

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission

A two-year 'synodal' process is taking place in the Catholic Church that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission".

Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas

The Reverend Canon Christopher Thomas is the current General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 

Departments

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has six departments: Catholic Education and Formation, Christian Life and Worship, Social Justice, Dialogue and Unity, Evangelisation and Catechesis and International Affairs. The Office for Migration Policy (OMP) works within the Department of International Affairs.

Documents and Publications

Here you will find the official documents and publications of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Certain departmental publications are available here.

Fundraising

There are a number of ways you can give to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Online Donations

Support the work of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Recruitment

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.

Bishops' Plenary Meetings

The Bishops of England and Wales meet twice a year for their plenary meetings. These plenaries take place at Hinsley Hall in Headingly, Leeds.

Churchmarketplace

Churchmarketplace is an initiative developed by the Catholic Church in response to a need expressed nationally by Dioceses and their Bishops.

National Catholic Societies - Directory Criteria

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.

Agencies

The Agencies of the Bishops' Conference were established by the Bishops of England and Wales to serve the Catholic community and wider society.

Associated Bodies

These organisations are separate to, but recognised and supported by, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Consultative Bodies

The Bishops' Conference undertakes, whenever practical, to enter into formal consultation with these bodies on matters of particular concern to them.

Ecclesial Movements

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.

Catholic Trust (CaTEW)

The Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) is the legal entity for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).