Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia

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

Diocese of East Anglia
Dioecesis Angliae Orientalis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.svg
Country England
Territory Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Unitary Authority of Peterborough
Ecclesiastical province Westminster
Metropolitan Westminster
Deaneries Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, King's Lynn, Norwich, Peterborough
Area 12,570 km2 (4,850 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
99,800[1] (3.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 13 March 1976
Cathedral St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Secular priests 96
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Alan Hopes
Metropolitan Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Vicar General Anthony Rogers
Diocese of East Anglia within the Province of Westminster
Diocese of East Anglia within the Province of Westminster

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.


There are 85,309 members of the church who belong to the 59 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.

  • Bury St Edmunds (St Edmund): Brandon; Bury St Edmunds; Clare; Diss; Haverhill; Newmarket; Stowmarket; Sudbury and Hadleigh; Thetford.
  • Great Yarmouth (St Peter): Beccles; Bungay; Gorleston; Lowestoft; Poringland; Southwold; Great Yarmouth.
  • Norwich (St Felix): Costessey; Dereham; North Walsham; St John's Cathedral, Norwich; St George's, Norwich; Poringland; Sheringham and Cromer; Wymondham.
  • Peterborough (St Hugh): March; St Peter & All Souls, Peterborough; Sacred Heart & St Oswald, Peterborough; St Luke, Peterborough; St Anthony's, Peterborough (Italian Mission); Polish Mission, Peterborough; Whittlesey and Ramsey.


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.


Main article: Bishop of East Anglia


The diocese makes up part of the Catholic Association Pilgrimage.


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