Home to Westminster Cathedral, the mother church for Catholics in England and Wales, and our 214 parishes cover West, Central and North London, the Borough of Spelthorne and Hertfordshire. Although we are one of the smallest dioceses in England and Wales in geographical area, we are the largest in terms of Catholic population and priests. Since the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in 1850, our bishop has often been a Cardinal.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols is the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster, having been installed as Archbishop on 20 May 2009. He is assisted by four auxiliary bishops, The Right Reverend John SherringtonThe Right Reverend Nicholas HudsonThe Right Reverend Paul McAleenan and The Right Reverend John Wilson

The Diocese of Westminster includes a wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity amongst its Catholic population with 47 ethnic chaplaincies representing a range of nationalities and cultures. 

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His Eminence Vincent Nichols

His Eminence Vincent Nichols is the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. Born in Crosby, Liverpool, on 8 November 1945, Cardinal Nichols was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on 21 December 1969. 

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McAleenan, Paul

The Right Reverend Paul McAleenan is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. Born in Belfast on 15 July 1951, Bishop McAleenan was ordained to th...Read more


Hudson, Nicholas

The Right Reverend Nicholas Hudson is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. Born in Hammersmith, London, on 14 February 1959, Bishop Hudson was...Read more


Sherrington, John

The Right Reverend John Sherrington is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. Born in Leicester in 1958, Bishop Sherrington was ordained to the...Read more


Wilson, John

The Right Reverend John Wilson is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. Read more


Cardinal Cormac

His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster. Born on 24 August 1932 in Reading, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was ordained...Read more

Mother Church


The site of Westminster Cathedral was originally known as Bulinga Fen and formed part of the marsh around Westminster. It was reclaimed by the Benedictine mo...Read more


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Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN

0207 798 9009