Where (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 13 Pastoral Areas
) has 69 principal parishes and another 50 "Mass centres" - places where Mass is celebrated in smaller churches, chapels and chaplaincies. There are also 40 Catholic schools at infants/primary level, and 8 at secondary/upper level.
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 new divisions of Bedfordshire are not shown in separate colours.