The West Somerset Catholic Parishes consist of Minehead with Watchet and Dulverton. They are part of the Clifton Catholic Diocese, which covers the West of England and includes the City and County of Bristol, the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

There are 107 parishes within 13 deaneries serving a Catholic population of around 190,000. Around 33,000 people attend Mass around the diocese every weekend. More than 2,000 people are actively involved in Catholic associations in the diocese.

The diocese was legally established as a charity on 6 May 1934 under the title Clifton Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered. Our charity number is 233977. The administrative offices are based in Bristol.

The West Somerset Catholic Parishes at 20 miles East to West and 17 miles North to south, make up one of the largest groups in the diocese and cover all of Exmoor.

Fr Michael Thomas

Fr Michael Thomas

Parish Priest

Who’s Who!

Who does what and how to contact them…

Fr Michael

Before being ordained Fr. Michael was the general manager of a University Student Union in Bristol. He is currently the dean of Taunton Deanery and secretary of the Council of Priests.  Away from work, he is very interested in choral music, steam railways and collecting works of art.

Rev Vincent Woods MA

Before his ordination in 1993, and for some 6 years after, Vincent Woods worked as an Operations Manager for Lloyds Bank.  After 31 years with the bank he took the opportunity of early retirement in 1998 and has undertaken the deacon’s ministry as his main interest since.  Formerly a Parish and District councillor, he retains an interest in current affairs, has a love of classical and jazz music and enjoys walking and cooking.  Getting the caravan ‘bug’ some ten years ago both he and his wife, Rosemary, enjoy holidays and short breaks in their motorhome.

Reverend Vincent Woods MA
Tel: 01984 634681

Rev David Croucher
Deacon David has been married for 48 years to Chris ,and they have three sons and four grandchildren Dcn David qualified in 1971 as a Pharmacist and rose through the ranks of management in Boots the Chemists until leaving a Regional Management position to open his own village Pharmacy near Ventnor, Isle of Wight . . It was there that he felt the calling to the Permanent Diaconate and was Ordained in Portsmouth Cathedral by Bishop Crispian Hollis on July 4th 2004 .    Moving to this Parish community in July 2014 , Dcn David and Chris feel very much a sense of “belonging”  in this West Somerset Parish .
For 2017 he is Chair of the Christians Together in Minehead group . After 52 years of motor sport David has retired and now, for relaxation, divides his time between creating a garden model railway and being a travelling ticket inspector for the West Somerset Railway.

Reverend David Croucher
Tel: 01643 822059

Parish Administrator

Loraine Taylor
Tel: 01643 702201
Contactable: Thursday & Friday mornings

Parish Finance Committee

Chairman:     Glyn Davies



Robin Adeney                                              

Tel: 01984 633615


Finance Council

Members of the Finance Council are:

Glyn Davies  – Chairman

Michael Hankin – Treasurer

Fr. Michael Thomas

Deacon Vincent Woods

Deacon David Croucher

Jenny Collins

Jean Forsythe