The Catholic Church in England and Wales is made up of 22 dioceses. A Diocese refers to a community of the Christian faithful in communion of faith and sacraments with their bishop ordained in apostolic succession.
These particular Churches ‘are constituted after the model of the universal Church; it is in these and formed out of them that the one and unique Catholic Church exists.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church 833.
The Diocese of Brentwood was created in 1917 and comprises the Administrative County of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
The Diocese of Clifton covers the West of England and includes the City and County of Bristol, the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is situated in the North East of England covering the counties of Northumberland and Durham and the unitary authorities of Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Stockton-on-Tees north of the River Tees.
The Diocese of Leeds comprises the whole of West Yorkshire - with the exception of the parish of Todmorden - together with parishes in the East Riding, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
The Diocese of Middlesbrough consists of the boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees (south of the river), the cities of Kingston upon Hull and York, East Yorkshire and most of North Yorkshire.
Home to Westminster Cathedral, the mother church for Catholics in England and Wales, the Diocese of Westminster has 214 parishes covering West, Central and North London, the Borough of Spelthorne and Hertfordshire.