Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

Diocese of Plymouth
Dioecesis Plymuthensis

Country England
Territory The counties of Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset
Ecclesiastical province Southwark
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Southwark
Deaneries 5
Coordinates 50°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
Area 12,831 km2 (4,954 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
69,310 (1.8%)
Parishes 63
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 29 September 1850
Cathedral Plymouth Cathedral
Secular priests 102
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Mark O'Toole
Metropolitan Archbishop Peter Smith
Vicar General Monsignor Canon R. Draper
Emeritus Bishops Christopher Budd

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. The diocese is currently a suffragan see of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Southwark.


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, 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.


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