Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Events - Photo Gallery

The following images represent some of the events that have taken place around the Diocese in the last year.

Mass in Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of the Blessed Oscar Romero, Saturday 13 October 2018

Oscar Romero Mass 2018

On Saturday 13 October, Bishop Séamus celebrated Mass at the Cathedral in Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of the Blessed Oscar Romero.

Assassinated while celebrating Mass in El Salvador on 24 March 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was known as a defender of the poor and campaigner for peace.

Pope Francis led a ceremony to elevate Romero, and six others including Pope Paul VI, to sainthood in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday.

The pope wore the blood-stained rope belt worn by Archbishop Romero when he was murdered and used the chalice and pastoral staff of Pope Paul VI.

Chrism Mass, Thursday 29 March 2018

Chrism Mass 2018

On Holy Thursday morning, Bishop Séamus, joined by the priests of the Diocese, gathered at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their Bishop.

At the Chrism Mass the Bishop blesses three oils - the oil of Catechumens, the oil of the Infirm and Holy Chrism - which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the Diocese for the year.

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Mike March.

St. George's, Bell's Close 150th Anniversary, Friday 16 March 2018

On Friday 16 March 2018, a special Mass was held to mark the 150th Anniversary of St. George's, Bell's Close celebrated by Bishop Séamus Cunningham and Fr. James Keane. Also in attendance were former parish priest, Fr. Martin and a number of priests from nearby parishes. The Mass was followed by a buffet where many an old tale from St. George's were shared.

March's edition of the Northern Cross details a commemorative history of the church, parish and school, entitled, '150 Years of Service' by Joe and Gerry Loughran that has been published (and is available for a donation) to mark this occasion. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy can enquire through the parish, by tel: 07910 578310 or email:

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Mike March.

John Paul II Award Ceremony, 8 February 2018

The JPII Award Ceremony was held at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 8 February 2018. The awards were presented by Bishop Séamus alongside Barry and Margaret Mizen from the For Jimmy charity. Music was provided by the students of St. Thomas More School, Blaydon. Congratulations to all of the young people who received awards, and our thanks to Tony Joy and Youth Ministry Team for all of their hard work and organisation.