The Church

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.

In this section we also have information about the Pope, the Holy See, the Apostolic Nuncio to the UK as well as the governance structure of the Bishops’ Conference.

Support the work of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. In this section you can make a secure donation to help the work of the Bishops nationally and internationally. You can donate to our second collections here too.

The Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) is the legal entity for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW). It supports the legal, financial and charitable activities of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, its departments, agencies and offices. Here you will find a list of trustees, the annual accounts and reports of the Trust's work.

The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful - Lumen Gentium, 23. Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013 and is the 266th Pope.

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. More than 40 people are employed by the Bishops’ Conference to support the Bishops.

Churchmarketplace is an initiative developed by the Catholic Church in response to a need expressed nationally by Dioceses and their Bishops for a co-operative purchasing system to help Catholic organisations reduce their costs. Initially launched in England and Wales, the Financial Secretaries are working closely with School Commissioners and the Bishops.

We greatly appreciate the donations we receive from our supporters. There are a number of ways you can give to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Please visit our 'Fundraising' section.

Rev. Christopher Thomas

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

The Vatican

The Holy See, or the Vatican as it is sometimes known, is the 'seat of government' of the universal Catholic Church.

The Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis 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.