Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


Mrs Amy McDonagh or Mrs Claire Walton tel: 0191 243 3316 or email:

"This sacred Council calls upon all the Catholic faithful to recognise the signs of the times and to play an informed part in the work of ecumenism."

Vatican Council Decree On Ecumenism

Future Events:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

Northern Christian Church Leaders, including Bishop Robert have released this introduction to the week of Christian Unity and a prayer assuring us all of their prayers for all of the churches in our area, and of our commitment to our partnership in the Gospel as we all walk together during these times of anxiety and grief. Read it in full here.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 – 25 January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year, resources have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit", is based on John 15: 1 – 17 and expresses Grandchamp Community's vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family. Resources can be found online here.


Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission III
(ARCIC III): First Agreed Statement

Following seven years of work, the official body for Anglican-Catholic interfaith dialogue (ARCIC III) has released its first ‘Agreed Statement’, entitled, 'Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal'. Shaped by the CCS’s method of 'Receptive Ecumenism', the statement focuses on the need for ecclesial conversion and reform by the churches of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church learning from each other in relation to their respective wounds and difficulties. Read more about the publication, including the role of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, here.

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Archived Events:

Living the Joy of the Gospel - September 2015.

Pilgrimage to Finchale Priory, a celebration of the 900th anniversary of St. Godric at Finchale – May 2015.