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Image of the Holy Spirit on the Stephen Foster triptych at Northampton Cathedral

Church Finder Minimize
Bedford Sacred Heart & St Cuthbert's Polish churchClick here for our interactive map showing all our churches with Mass times and names of priests and deacons
Pastoral Areas Map
Map of DioceseThe Pastoral Areas map can be downloaded here, with a list of their parishes
Introduction to the Diocese Minimize
Map of the DioceseWhere (and what) we are

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton, in southern England, consists of “the counties of Bedford, Buckingham and Northampton, and that part of Berkshire (formerly in Buckinghamshire ) that lies to the North of the River Thames”. (This last part means the town of Slough.)

It serves an area with a total population of just over 2 million people,and while it has no really large cities, it is a fast-expanding part of the country, led by growth towns like Milton Keynes and Northampton. From the regenerating former steeltown of Corby in the north to the affluent metropolitan suburbia of South Bucks, it takes in a range of rural and urban environments.

The Diocese (which is divided into 11 Pastoral Areas)  has 69 principal parishes and another 27 "Mass centres" - places where Mass is celebrated in smaller churches, chapels and chaplaincies. There are also 39 Catholic schools at infants/primary level, 6 at secondary/upper level and 2 "all-through" schools. 

Many of its towns have recently attracted migrant Catholics from Poland and Eastern Europe, Africa, India, and the Philippines, who have contributed much vitality in many parishes.

See on the right for links to the history and future of the Diocese and on the left for our Church Finder.

Click here for a note explaining why Milton Keynes, Luton and the two civic divisions of Bedfordshire are not shown in separate colours.
Our History Minimize

Statue of St BirinusThe Diocese of Northampton as such has only existed since 1850 but its roots go back to Roman times. More....

Our Future Minimize
On 7th December 2013 Bishop Peter preached a homily setting out what kind of changes we would have to face in the context of decreasing numbers of priests. Its text is available here and it remains important reading for us all.
Witamy ! Minimize

Polish flagClick on the flag for a page listing Polish Masses and Polish priests around the Diocese.

FAQs Minimize
light bulbThere are some questions that come up quite often in calls to Bishops House. We shed light on them here....
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