Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


Retirement Presentation to Bishop Emeritus Séamus Cunningham

Retirement Presentation to Bishop Sťamus

I would like to express my sincere thanks for the very generous gift presented to me by the priests and people of the Diocese, on the occasion of my retirement. I would also like to offer my thanks to all those involved in education in the Diocese for their very generous gift too. I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many. Rest assured that these gifts will be a great help in my retirement.

Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of mine for the priests and people of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese.

May God bless you all. Bishop Séamus.

Bishop Emeritus Séamus Cunningham's
Mass of Thanksgiving marking his Retirement

On Friday 22 February 2019, a Mass of Thanksgiving marking the Retirement of Bishop Séamus, the thirteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Mass was attended by members of his Family, Clergy, Religious and Laity from all across the Diocese.

A moving and humorous Homily was read by Father Peter Leighton, before gifts were presented to the Bishop from representatives of various organisations from around the Diocese.

Bishop Séamus celebrated 50 years of Priesthood in June 2016 and was ordained as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in March 2009 on the feast of St. Cuthbert, patron of the Diocese. You can read more about his long and dedicated service to the Diocese here.

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Photos from the evening are now available below.

Bishop Sťamus Cunningham Mass of Thanksgiving