Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia

Coordinates: 52°24′11″N 0°54′11″E / 52.403°N 0.903°E / 52.403; 0.903

The Diocese of East Anglia is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church covering the counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough in eastern England. The diocese makes up part of the Catholic Association Pilgrimage.

Diocese of East Anglia

Dioecesis Angliae Orientalis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.svg
TerritoryCounties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Unitary Authority of Peterborough
Ecclesiastical provinceWestminster
DeaneriesBury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, King's Lynn, Norwich, Peterborough
Area12,570 km2 (4,850 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
159,582[1] (5.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established13 March 1976
CathedralSt John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Secular priests96
Current leadership
BishopAlan Hopes
Metropolitan ArchbishopVincent Nichols
Vicar GeneralAnthony Rogers
Diocese of East Anglia within the Province of Westminster
Diocese of East Anglia within the Province of Westminster


There are 85,309 members of the church who belong to the 50 parishes in the diocese. The patrons of the diocese are Our Lady of Walsingham (24 September), St Felix (8 March) and St Edmund (20 November).


The diocese is divided into seven deaneries, which are in turn divided into 50 parishes.

Deanery of Bury St Edmunds (St Edmund)Edit

Parish name Church Location Web Founded Building
St Thomas & St John St Thomas of Canterbury, Brandon Brandon, Suffolk [1] 1976
St John the Evangelist, Mildenhall Mildenhall, Suffolk 1990s
St Edmund St Edmund King & Martyr, Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk [2] 1763 1837
Our Lady Immaculate & St Joseph, Lawshall Lawshall, Suffolk C16th 1870
Most Holy Trinity St Henry Morse, Diss Diss, Norfolk [3] c. 1911 2012
St Felix St Felix, Haverhill Haverhill, Suffolk [4] c. 1896 2012
Our Lady Immaculate & St Philip Neri Our Lady Immaculate & St Etheldreda, Newmarket Newmarket, Suffolk [5] C19th 1970s
Our Lady & St Philip Neri, Kirtling Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
Stowmarket Our Lady, Stowmarket Stowmarket, Suffolk [6] 1870s 1970
Sudbury with Hadleigh Our Lady & St John the Evangelist, Sudbury Sudbury, Suffolk [7] c. 1876 1893
St Joseph, Hadleigh Hadleigh, Suffolk c. 1827 1966
Thetford St Mary, Thetford Thetford, Norfolk [8] c. 1820 1826

Masses are also said at RAF Lakenheath, at Clare Priory, at the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Quidenham, at the care home of the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion in Great Barton, and in the villages of Cavendish and Woolpit.[2]

Deanery of Cambridge (St Andrew)Edit

Parish name Church Location Web Founded Building
St Joseph & St Hugh St Hugh of Lincoln, Buckden Buckden, Cambridgeshire [9]
St Joseph, St Neots St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Our Lady & the English Martyrs Our Lady of the Assumption & the English Martyrs, Cambridge Cambridge, Cambridgeshire [10] c. 1841 1890
St Vincent de Paul, Ditton Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire
Our Lady of Lourdes & St John Fisher Our Lady of Lourdes, Sawston Sawston, Cambridgeshire [11] c. 1920 1958
St John Fisher, Cambourne Cambourne, Cambridgeshire [12] 2010
St Laurence St Laurence, Cambridge Cambridge, Cambridgeshire [13] early C20th 1958
St Philip Howard St Philip Howard, Cambridge Cambridge, Cambridgeshire [14] 1978
St Etheldreda St Etheldreda, Ely Ely, Cambridgeshire [15] c. 1890 1903
St Michael the Archangel St Michael the Archangel, Huntingdon Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire [16] c. 1872 1900
Sacred Heart Sacred Heart, St Ives St Ives, Cambridgeshire [17] late C19th 1902

Masses are also said at RAF Alconbury, at Blackfriars, the Dominican Priory of St Michael, Cambridge, at Fisher House University Chaplaincy, and in the villages of Bar Hill and Papworth Everard.[2]

Deanery of Great Yarmouth (St Peter)Edit

Parish name Church Location Web Founded Building
Beccles Minster of St Bene't, Beccles Beccles, Suffolk [18] 1889 1908
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Gillingham Gillingham, Norfolk [19] 1898
St Edmund St Edmund King & Martyr, Bungay Bungay, Suffolk [20] C17th 1891
Chapel of St Thomas More, Harleston Harleston, Suffolk 1999
St Peter St Peter the Apostle, Gorleston-on-Sea Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk [21]
Lowestoft Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft Lowestoft, Suffolk [22] 1867 1902
St Nicholas, Pakefield Pakefield, Suffolk c. 1955 1990s
Southwold Sacred Heart, Southwold Southwold, Suffolk 1916
St Edmund King & Martyr, Halesworth1 Halesworth, Suffolk 1950
Great Yarmouth St Mary, Great Yarmouth Great Yarmouth, Norfolk [23] 1824 1850
St Ignatius Loyola, Caister-on-Sea Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

1No longer listed on diocesan website.

  • Deanery of King's Lynn (St Wilfrid)
  • Deanery of Norwich (St Felix)
    • Our Lady & St Walstan, Costessey[20]
    • The Sacred Heart & St Margaret Mary, East Dereham[21]
    • North Walsham Parish[22]
      • Sacred Heart, North Walsham
      • St John of the Cross, Aylsham
      • St Helen, Hoveton
    • Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich[23]
      • Holy Apostles SS Peter & Paul, Norwich
    • St George, Norwich[24]
      • St Boniface, Norwich
      • Our Lady Mother of God, Norwich
    • Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland[25]
    • Sheringham and Cromer[26]
      • St Joseph, Sheringham
      • Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer
    • Our Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham[27]
    • University of East Anglia Catholic Chaplaincy[28]


On 13 March 1976, by the decree Quod Ecumenicum, Pope Paul VI formed the Diocese of East Anglia (from the counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk) out of the Diocese of Northampton.

On 2 June 1976, the new diocese received its first bishop, Alan Clark. Bishop Clark had previously been auxiliary bishop of Northampton and co-chairman of ARCIC (Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission), with the cathedral being established at the former parish church of St John the Baptist, Norwich. As the first bishop of the new diocese, Bishop Clark had to set up all the necessary instruments and commissions for the diocese to operate successfully. The establishment of the Diocesan Pastoral Council in 1987 strengthened these.

The diocese continued to grow with the development of the diocesan offices and diocesan tribunal attached to Bishop's House in Poringland near Norwich. Bishop Clark led a number of Lourdes pilgrimages.



The diocese makes up part of the Catholic Association Pilgrimage.


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