Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is a Registered Company Limited by Guarantee, number 7732977, Registered Charity number 1143450

Curial Office:
St. Vincent's Diocesan Offices
St. Cuthbert's House
West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 7PY

Clergy and Pastoral Contacts:

Matters concerning the clergy and pastoral care of the people of the Diocese will refer directly to the Bishop in consultation with his Episcopal Council.


Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle: Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO
Bishop's House, East Denton Hall, 800 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2BJ
Tel: (0191) 228 0003 Fax: (0191) 274 0432

Bishop's PA: Mrs Paula Henley
Bishops House, 800 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2BJ
Tel: (0191) 228 0003 Fax: (0191) 274 0432 Email:

Vicar General: Rev. Martin Stempczyk VG

Diocesan Chancellor: Rev. Simon Lerche
Bishops House, 800 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2BJ
Tel: (0191) 228 0003 Fax: (0191) 274 0432 Email:

Diocesan Press Officer: Mgr. Andrew Faley
Tel: 07971 875902 Email:

General Enquiries: Email:

Area Episcopal Vicars:

Cleveland and South Durham: Rev. Jeff Dodds
English Martyrs' and SS Peter's and Paul's Church, Redhill Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 9BY
Tel: (01642) 806469 Email:

Newcastle and North Tyneside: Rev. Simon Lerche
St. Bede's Church, 233 Whickham View, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7HP
Tel: (0191) 274 6147 Email:

Northumberland: Rev. Ian Hoskins
St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Longhorsley, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8UY
Tel: (01670) 788344 Email:

South Tyneside and Gateshead: Rev. Peter Leighton
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Malvern Gardens, Lobley Hill, Gateshead NE11 9LL
Tel: (0191) 460 4274 Email:

Sunderland and East Durham: Rev. Colm Hayden
St. Joseph's Church, Mill Lane, Durham DH1 2JG
Tel: (0191) 384 3810 Email:


Vicars for Religious:

Diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Religious

Rev. John Cooper
St. Cuthbert's Church, Spring Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3NR.
Tel: (01642) 674321 Email:

Sr. Barbara Sweeney
216a Wingrove Road. Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9DD.
Tel: (0191) 272 3000 Email:

Moderator of Curia: Rev. Martin Stempczyk, VG

College of Consultors:
Rev. Jeff Dodds, Rev. Anthony Hastie, Rev. Ian Hoskins, Rev. Simon Lerche, Rev. Michael McCoy, Rev. Mark Millward, Rev. Shaun O’Neill, Rev. Martin Stempczyk, VG and Rev. Chris Warren.

Operational Contacts:

Matters concerning the operations of the Diocese and its parishes, its assets and liabilities will be governed by the Board of Directors whose Chairman is the Bishop.


Diocesan Board of Directors:

Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne (Chairman), Mr. Matt Boyle O.B.E., Mr. Tom Harrison, Mrs Allison Thompson, Rev. Jeff Dodds, Rev. Colm Hayden, Rev. Ian Hoskins, Rev. Martin Stempczyk, VG, Rev. Peter Leighton and Rev. Simon Lerche.


Chief Operating Officer: Fiona Standfield

Deputy Chief Operating Officer: Jeff Ledger F.C.C.A.

Secretary: Miss Lynne Matthews
Tel: (0191) 243 3300 Email:

Curial Departments:

Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation Department for Justice and Peace
Department for Communications Department for Liturgy
Department for Ecumenism Department for Property Management
Department for Education Department for Safeguarding
Department for Finance Department for Spirituality
Department for Human Resources Tribunal Department
Department for Interreligious Relations Department for Youth Services

Bishop's House Archives:

Bishop's House Archives Tel: (0191) 228 0003 Fax: (0191) 274 0432 Email:

St. Cuthbert's Care

Registered Company, Limited by Guarantee, number 1645914, Registered Charity number 512912

St. Cuthbert's House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PY
Tel: (0191) 228 0111 Fax: (0191) 228 0177 Website: