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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

On–Going Formation of Priests
Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle

On–Going Formation of Clergy in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is made up of two mutually supportive Teams: the On–Going Formation of Priests and the On–Going Formation of Deacons Teams.


The On–Going Formation of Priests:

St. John Vianney – The Cure of Ars and patron saint of all priests – reminds us that, “The Priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. When you see the priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Vianney sets a high bar for priests to live up to, hence we as priests in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle need to be continually aware of our need to be fully steeped in the areas of spiritual, pastoral, intellectual and human development in order to live a life worthy of the Priesthood.


Contacts:

Director for On–Going Formation for Priests:

Fr. Shaun O’Neill, tel: 0191 265 5290 or email: formationpriests@diocesehn.org.uk.


On–Going Formation Team:

The OGF Team have been given specific areas of formation to organise and promote.

Spirituality – Fr. Martin Morris

Pastoral – Fr. Shaun Purdy

Intellect – Fr. Andrew Downie

Human Development – Fr. John Bagnall

Retreats – Fr. Shaun O’Neill


Future Events:

Diocesan Events:

Clergy Ongoing Formation Calendar of events 2021:

Click here to find out more about what events are planned during 2021.

Until further notice the reflections will be online and registration will be sent out with links via Bishop’s House from Paula Henley.


Discovery Day 1 St. Hilda Wednesday 21 – Thursday 22 April

This event is cancelled due to COVID–19 restrictions, but it is hoped that an afternoon’s walk based on a theme of St. Hilda will replace this event, further details to follow.


Clergy Retreat, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 May 2021

This year’s Clergy Retreat will be held online, via Zoom, and will cover three days (not four, as previously stated.)

The Retreat will be held between Tuesday 11 and Thursday 14 May with three sessions each day.

The talk/time of Reflection is to be offered by Fr. Kevin Hayden OSB (Ampleforth); he will be focusing on “How the Word of God helps to feed, renew and grow us and so help us in ‘being’ disciples.” There will be time for Q&A following the talk/time of Reflection.

The daily schedule for the three-day retreat will be:

Tuesday 11 May 2021:

Time: Activity:
11.00am – 12.15pm Talk and Q & A
5.30pm – 6.00pm Prayer and Liturgy
7.30pm onwards Social time

 

Wednesday 12 May 2021:

Time: Activity:
11.00am – 12.15pm Talk and Q & A
5.30pm – 6.00pm Prayer and Liturgy
7.30pm onwards Social time

 

Thursday 13 May 2021 (Holy Day of Obligation):

Time: Activity:
2.00pm – 3.15pm* Talk and Q & A
5.30pm – 6.00pm Prayer and Liturgy
7.30pm onwards Social time

*Please note that Thursday 13 May is a Holy Day of Obligation; the talk that day has been moved to the afternoon.


Items of Interest:

Document from Congregation for the Clergy:

This document entitled, ‘The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelising mission of the Church’ can be read here.