Diocese of Northampton

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Diocese of Northampton Bishops` Conference of England and Wales (Cymru)

Deanery: Northampton Pastoral Area: St Thomas of Canterbury


Bishop`s House, Marriott Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 6AW

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev David Oakley - Bishop
Ms Collette Curtis - Director of Schools
Ms Anne-Marie McIntosh - Adviser for Primary RE
- Episcopal Vicar for Education & Formation
- Diocesan Communications Officer

Retired People:

Rt Rev Leo McCartie - Retired Bishop


Correspondence AddressBishop`s House
Marriott Street
Phone 01604 715635
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External Link to Diocese of Northampton`s Website: www.northamptondiocese.orgwww.northamptondiocese.org


North Northants Pastoral Area: St Luke,
Northampton Pastoral Area: St Thomas of Canterbury,
Bedfordshire Pastoral Area: St Josephine Bakhitta,
Milton Keynes Pastoral Area: St Paul,
Luton Pastoral Area: St Alban,
Aylesbury Pastoral Area: St John Fisher,
South Bucks Pastoral Area: St Monica,
Slough Pastoral Area: St Peter,

Catholic Parishes

Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate & St Thomas of Canterbury, Northampton
The Sacred Heart, Northampton
Ss Francis and Therese, Northampton
St Aidan, Northampton
St Gregory the Great, Northampton
St Patrick, Northampton
Our Lady Help of Christians and St Lawrence, Olney
Most Holy Name of Jesus, East Northants
St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Princes Risborough
St Peter, Rushden
St Francis of Assisi, Shefford
The Holy Family, Slough
Church of the Holy Redeemer, Slough
St Anthony, Slough
Our Lady Immaculate and St Ethelbert, Slough
St Paul The Apostle, East Northants
St Thomas More, Northampton
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Wellingborough
St Anne, Wendover
St Alban`s RC Parish, Winslow
St Mary, Milton Keynes
St John Henry Newman, High Wycombe
The Sacred Heart and Our Lady, Aston-le-Walls
St Joseph, St Clare and Guardian Angels, Aylesbury
Our Lady of Lourdes, Aylesbury
St Teresa of the Child Jesus and SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Beaconsfield
Christ the King, Bedford
Holy Cross, Bedford
SS Philip and James, Bedford
The Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford
St Frances Cabrini (Italian Church), Bedford
St Peter, Biggleswade
St Martin, Brackley
St Bernardine of Siena, Buckingham
Our Lady of Peace and St Andrews, Burnham
St Columba, Chesham
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Chesham Bois
Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby
St Brendan and St Patrick, Corby
St John Ogilvie, Corby
St Augustine, Datchet
Our Lady Of Charity & St Augustine, Daventry
St Mary, Dunstable
Sacred Heart, Flitwick
St Joseph, Gerrards Cross
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Great Billing
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden
The Good Shepherd, Haddenham
St Augustine Apostle of England, High Wycombe
Our Lady of Ransom, Kempston
St Edward, Kettering
The Sacred Heart, Leighton Buzzard
St Aidan, Little Chalfont
Our Lady of Light, Long Crendon
The Holy Family & St John the Apostle, Luton
The Holy Ghost, Luton
Our Lady Help of Christians, Luton
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Luton
St Joseph The Worker, Luton
St Margaret of Scotland, Luton
St Martin de Porres, Luton
St Peter, Marlow
Christ the King, Milton Keynes
Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton Keynes
St Augustine, Milton Keynes
St Edward the Confessor, Milton Keynes
St Francis de Sales and St Mary Magdalene, Wolverton
St Thomas and All Saints, Milton Keynes
St Bede, Milton Keynes

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

Diocesan Schools Commission - Education/Schools
St Anne`s Church - Church Community
Adult Formation - First Holy Communion
Youth Ministry
Social Action
Women in Ministry
Marriage and Family Life
News from Bishop David

About Diocese of Northampton

The Diocese of Northampton covers Bedfordshire, the old county of Buckinghamshire including the Slough area, and Northamptonshire.

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Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (Vocabulary.com).

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery.www.catholicculture.org

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515–552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia