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What makes up the Diocese of Lancaster?

Our parishes, schools, and other central ministries are all important and vital elements of the Diocese of Lancaster.  Besides those ministries and departments that directly support the good works of the Church, there are nearly 40 related Catholic entities, which also serve the local Catholic community.  But it is our people, our clergy, religious, deacons, and lay members, working together in a shared commitment to follow Jesus Christ that defines who and what we are as a Catholic community.

Where is the Diocese located?

The heart of the Diocese is Jesus Christ, powerfully alive and active in His Church – the baptised People of God gathered in communion with their pastors and their Bishop.

The Diocese is situated in the Northwest in England – all of Cumbria and Lancashire north of the River Ribble. The Mother church of the Diocese is St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster.  This is the Bishop’s Church where the Bishop presides over the Liturgy for major diocesan occasions and feasts.  The Pastoral Centre, which since 2004, houses the central administration, is to be found beside the Cathedral on Balmoral Road.  This has allowed the Diocese to bring various departments and ministries stretched across the nine Deaneries into one building to better serve parishes, schools, and other communities.

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