Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

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Diocese of Plymouth
Dioecesis Plymuthensis
Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface.jpg
TerritoryThe counties of Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset
Ecclesiastical provinceSouthwark
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Southwark
Coordinates50°35′28″N 3°59′13″W / 50.591°N 3.987°W / 50.591; -3.987Coordinates: 50°35′28″N 3°59′13″W / 50.591°N 3.987°W / 50.591; -3.987
Area12,831 km2 (4,954 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
69,310 (1.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established29 September 1850
CathedralPlymouth Cathedral
Secular priests102
Current leadership
BishopMark O'Toole
Metropolitan ArchbishopPeter Smith
Vicar GeneralMonsignor Canon R. Draper
Emeritus BishopsChristopher Budd
Diocese of Plymouth within the Province of Southwark
Diocese of Plymouth within the Province of Southwark

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth is a Latin Church Roman Catholic diocese in England. The episcopal see is in the city of Plymouth, Devon, where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is located at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface.


Erected as the Diocese of Plymouth in 1850 by Pope Pius IX, from the Apostolic Vicariate of the Western District, the diocese has remained jurisdictionally constant since. Since 1965, the diocese has been a suffragan see of the Ecclesiastical Province of Southwark; before then it was in the Province of Westminster from 1850 to 1911, then in the Province of Birmingham.


The diocese covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, stretching from Penzance and the Isles of Scilly in the west, to parts of Bournemouth in the east. It is divided into five deaneries: Cornwall, Dorset, Exeter, Plymouth, and Torbay. There are chaplaincies at the universities of Bournemouth, Exeter and Plymouth.

The diocese includes the Grail Centre in Pinner in the London Borough of Harrow (which is physically in the Diocese of Westminster), a lay community of single Roman Catholic women. The Centre promotes a wider "Grail community" to include non-resident women and families, and also publishes a translation of the Psalms.


External links[edit]

  • "Diocese of Plymouth". David M. Cheney.
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth website
  • Plymouth Cathedral
  • Grail Centre website
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Plymouth". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.