Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Upcoming Non-Diocesan Events


Exodus 90:

Monday 13 January to Saturday 11 April 2020.

The Hexham and Newcastle Chapter of Catholic Man UK ( invites men aged 18 to 80 to join them in undertaking the “Exodus 90” programme, which has been helping thousands of men to break free from compulsions, obsessions, addictions and idolatry and to enter into freedom so as to better be able to love and serve God and fellow man.

For more information visit the Exodus 90 website.

To attend one of our information sessions in Gateshead and hear testimonies from those who have already undertaken the programme, or to find a fraternity group near you, please contact Paul Hammond by email or mob: 07973 192324. Visit and follow us on Facebook.

Council of Christians and Jews:

North East England Branch of Council of Christians and Jews in conjunction with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle's celebration of ‘The Year of the God Who Speaks in Scripture.’

How a Jew Says Tehillim: The Rhythms of Life Mirrored in the Psalms’ with Rabbi Aaron Lipsey.

On Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7.00pm at St. Charles’ Parish Centre, Alwinton Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 1UB

This is an open meeting where all are welcome. It is free, but booking is essential, email: or tel: 0191 285 1370. See poster.

LISTEN – A Lenten Retreat for Young Adults (aged 18 – 35) at Stanbrook Abbey:

The retreat will run from 6.00pm on Friday 6 March to early afternoon on Sunday 8 March 2020.

An opportunity to pray, worship, listen to God’s Word and reflect in the tranquil atmosphere of the Benedictine monastery of Stanbrook, Wass. There will be Adoration, input from the nuns, shared lectio, silence and the chance to walk in the adjoining forest.

For more information on the abbey visit their website.

Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. See poster or contact Sophie Taylor by email or tel: 0191 410 0776 for more details.

Voices of Faith interfaith dialogues:

Voices of Faith are also planning to hold the following Interfaith dialogues focusing on ‘Faith through Life’ during 2020.

Wednesday 11 March – Birth and Initiation (see poster)
Wednesday 17 June – Becoming an Adult
Wednesday 23 September – Marriage
Wednesday 18 November – Death

Each meeting will start with refreshments at 6.00pm and the evening will conclude around 8.30pm. More details to follow, but enquiries can be made by tel: 0191 270 4100 or by email.

Newcastle Bach Choir perform Handel: Saul

Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir present, 'Handel: Saul' On Saturday 14 March 2020, 19.30pm in King’s Hall, Newcastle University.

A rare opportunity to hear one of Handel’s greatest oratorios live in the North East.

Tickets are £16 (£8 students/unwaged, free for under 18s). Tickets online at

See poster for full details and the handout for background to performance.

The Newman Association – Cleveland Circle

The Newman Association, Cleveland Circle have announced their programme for 2019–2020 as follows:

The programme is also available to download (pdfword).

All talks are held St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, Middlesbrough TS8 0TW – 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

  • Wednesday 18 March 2020 – ‘ “Your Word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path” Psalm 118 verse 105. God speaks to me in his Word. How can I turn my ear to the sound of his voice?’ by Fr. Pat Kilgariff.

  • Wednesday 29 April 2020 – ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Surprisingly Catholic Protestant Martyr’ by Prof. Terry Wright BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon), CertEd.

  • Wednesday 20 May 2020 – AGM at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, Middlesbrough

  • Saturday 20 June 2020 – Summer Outing (tba).

Pilgrimage to Holy Island celebrating the life of St. Oscar Romero

On Saturday 4 April 2020, there will be a pilgrimage to Holy Island celebrating the life of St. Oscar Romero to reflect on the 40th Anniversary of his martyrdom.

The event is sponsored by the Romero Trust and supported by CAFOD Hexham and Newcastle and CAFOD MIddlesbrough.

The day will include, prayer, liturgies, a film, dance performances and pilgrim walk around the island. The keynote speaker is Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Methodist Theology Professor from Duke University, North Carolina.

See the poster for full details and meeting times to enable safe passage across the causeway.