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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Announcement of Clergy Retirements and Appointments

The following clergy changes have been announced and are effective immediately.


Retirements


Fr. Brian Murphy

He is to retire as priest in charge of Our Lady and St. Thomas, Willington.


Fr. Pat McKenna

He is to retire as priest in charge of St. Bede's, Stockton.


Appointments


Fr. Dennis Tindall

He will become Parish Priest of Our Lady and St. Thomas, Willington in addition to his current parishes.


Fr. Jeff Dodds

He will become Parish Priest of St. Bede's, Stockton in addition to his current parishes.


Fr. David Smith

To transfer to the Tynemouth Priory Partnership as Parish Priest of St. Columba’s, Wallsend and as Parochial Administrator to St. Anthony’s, Walker within the Jesmond St. Mary’s Partnership.


Fr. Martin Morris

To transfer to the Blackfriars Partnership as Parish Priest of St. John Vianney, West Denton and St. Cuthbert’s, Throckley.


Fr. Arockia Mariadass Pagyasamy O.C.D.

To transfer to the Jesmond St. Mary Partnership as Parish Priest of St. Teresa’s, Heaton and St. Aidan’s, Benton. Fr. Mariadass will also be Hospital Chaplain to the R.V.I. and Freeman hospitals.


Fr. Louis Aroon O.C.D.

Will remain in the Monkwearmouth Partnership as Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s, Ryhope; St. Anne’s; The Holy Family; Sacred Heart & John Bosco, Sunderland. He will be assisted by Fr. Ligori Alexander O.C.D. who will also be assisting Fr. Michael McCoy.