Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is the official website for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Access the CBCEW Guidance for Collective Worship in Catholic Churches here.

Responsibilities of CBCEW

CBCEW is the permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops in the two member countries made up of 22 dioceses within England and Wales. These are represented by Archbishops, Bishops and Auxillary Bishops, the Bishopric of the Forces, the Apostolic Eparch (Bishopric) of the Ukranian Church in Great Britain, the Apostolic Eparch of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Great Britain, the Bishop of Gibraltar, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Apostolic Prefect of the Falkland Islands.

An insight into the work the CBCEW undertakes can be seen through the departments each dealing with specific topic matters.

  • Christian Life and Worship
  • Dialogue and Unity
  • Catholic Education and Formation
  • Evangelisation and Discipleship
  • International Affairs
  • Social Justice

Chaired by a bishop, with other bishops contributing alongside staff, each department is further subdivided into committees; a separate member of the episcopal staff of that department oversees the reports and work of their committee. In addition, there are official agencies working with and on behalf of CBCEW. They work in the fields of Maritime welfare, International aid and development, Social Justice, Catholic education and Overseas Missions. Each agency has a bishop as President, Chair or Episcopal Liaison.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Vimeo platform (access through the link) hosts messages from the Cardinal, recordings of the Masses listed below and a range of videos and talks covering the “diverse spectrum of life in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.”

In addition, there are over 500 videos to browse at CBCEW on Vimeo covering a range of topics such as “Merciful like the Father” series from the Jubilee Year of Mercy through to the Survivors of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

There are several films where both men and women describe the exploitation they experienced at the hands of criminals involved in human trafficking. Their courage, bravery in sharing their invaluable, honest insights highlights the damage caused by human trafficking and modern slavery.  Please note: the contributors speak frankly and honestly – caution and discretion are advised.  18+.