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.


Director for On–Going Formation for Priests:

Fr. Shaun O’Neill, tel: 0191 265 5290 or email:

On–Going Formation Team:

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

Spirituality – Fr. Michael Humble

Pastoral – Fr. Shaun Purdy

Intellect – Fr. Andrew Downie

Human Development – Fr. John Bagnall

Liturgical Occasions – Fr. Martin Morris – e.g. Advent, Lent, Pentecost

Retreats – Fr. Shaun O’Neill

Future Events:


Wednesday 9 December: Advent Day of Reflection: Fr. Daniel Seward CO online via Click Meeting Registration.