Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO



The Secretary of the Diocesan Commision for Christian UnityEcumenical Officer: Mrs Andrea Murray

Mobile: 07738 321858 or email:

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:

North East Churches Acting Together – ‘Better Together’

A conversation with the General Secretary of Churches Together in England around how churches can be more collaborative in their mission and action on Wednesday 18 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm (refreshments available from 1.30pm) at St. Nicholas Church, Market Square, Durham DH1 3NJ.

As churches we can do so much ‘Better Together' than we can do apart. The ways in which we are working together are also changing and adapting and there are emerging ways of churches being more collaborative in their mission and action. Revd. Dr. Paul Goodliff, the General Secretary of Churches Together in England, is joining us and will lead a session exploring the future of ecumenical working and how churches might find new ways of engaging ecumenically and doing mission better together.

There is no charge for the event and you can book online.

For more information contact Rev. Joanne Thorns, North East Churches Acting Together by email:


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.