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.

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.

Visit to the Diocese of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the Relics of Ss. Francisco and Jacinta, 16 - 17 September 2017

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September Bishop Séamus Cunningham celebrated the visit of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima along with the Relics of Ss. Francisco and Jacinta to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. The event was organised by the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF).

Images courtesy of Mike March and Xavier Javier.

Mass in Honour of St. Bede - St. Paul's Church, Jarrow, 20 May 2017

Bishop Séamus Cunningham celebrated mass in honour of Saint Bede at St. Paul's Church, Jarrow on Saturday 20 May. Photographs of the occasion courtesy of Mike March.

Chrism Mass - Holy Thursday 13 April 2017

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.

John Paul II Awards - Thursday 2 March 2017

On Thursday 2 March the Tyne Theatre played host to the first Pope John Paul II Awards for the Diocese. The Pope John Paul II Award enables young people in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to take an active part in the life of their Church, community and society.

The Awards were presented by Rev. Paul Farren from the Diocese of Derry and Bishop Séamus Cunningham. The packed auditorium enjoyed a fantastic and inspiring night, with some excellent music provided by Youth for Christ.

SS. Cecilia and Patrick's parish, Sunderland 60th Anniversary Celebration Mass - Monday 27 February 2017

SS. Cecilia and Patrick's parish in Sunderland celebrated 60 years on Monday 27 February 2017. Bishop Séamus celebrated the Mass with all living former parish priests and curates.

It was a wonderful celebration of faith and community.

Images used courtesy of David Allan Photography.

Children of the North East present the word of God to Pope Francis in Rome - 26 October 2016

A delegation of young people from across schools in Sunderland and South Tyneside representing 140 schools, joined with Bishop Séamus Cunningham (Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle) and Fr. Marc Lyden-Smith (Parish priest of Sunderland) in presenting the "Children’s Codex" to Pope Francis at the end of his general audience at the Vatican in Rome. This was a historic moment of commemoration and the celebration of the Word of God.

Schools represented from the diocese of Hexham & Newcastle were St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s Academies; St. Mary’s Primary Sunderland. Together with St. Joseph’s and St. Wilfred’s, South Tyneside.

Mr. Graham Nicol of Sunderland minster explained that the idea behind the "Children’s Codex" was to retrace the steps of the original Codex which was transcribed and illuminated at Wearmouth - Jarrow monastery and left St. Peter's Church in Sunderland for Rome in AD716 as a gift from Abbot Ceolfrith to Pope Gregory II. The Codex Amiatinus was produced 1,300 years ago and is the oldest surviving Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible in the world.

This was an interdenominational project which the pupils of every school in Sunderland and Jarrow were invited to follow in the Monk's footsteps and contribute text and drawings based on biblical themes and characters. The leather bound "Children’s Codex" taken to Rome represents the young people of Sunderland and Jarrow as the church today who also share in the deep cultural and historical heritage of the monastic past.

The delegation of young people and staff travelled with much excitement to Rome and joined thousands of other people from around the world at the general Papal audience on Wednesday 26 October. The group were extremely fortunate to be seated right next to the Holy Father throughout the audience.

Bishop Séamus explained the "Children’s Codex" to Pope Francis who was very interested and impressed with the work of the young people. Two students were selected to present the "Children’s Codex" to the Holy Father, Harry Ellis from St. Aidan's and Lilly Thomson of St. Anthony's.

Lilly Thompson of St. Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy in Sunderland said,

"I feel very special and know that even some world leaders haven’t met the Pope yet. The whole visit has made me realise how important my faith is to me."

The visit leaves the work of the young people on display at the Vatican commemorating the work left by the monk s of Wearmouth - Jarrow all those hundreds of years previously. The impact of this visit for those among the delegation is one which will stay with them as a significant moment where they proudly represented their areas and the work of all the young people in the presence of the Pope.

The launch of The Event - 19 October 2016

The theme was ‘Called by name’ inspired by Isaiah 43:1, ‘I have called you by your name, you are mine.’. The night started with some fantastic praise. There was some very enthusiastic singing and dancing going on (and that’s just the adults!). Andrew Young, Head of R.E. at St. Joseph’s and host for the event, got the young people excited straight away and opened up the theme by helping them realise they are one of a kind. He also led some school group and small group activities and games.

This led into the reflection which was led by Howard Castillo of the Youth Ministry Team. He shared with us some of his images of God as our creator and how He knows His creation through and through. He encouraged us not to believe the lies we are sometimes told about who we are but to realise that God has made us to be everyday heroes and to change the world and that the life that God calls us too is a full one. Howard led into a time of prayer and we finished off the night with one more song and some pizza! The atmosphere was great.

The young people and the adults all looked full of that life that God offers us. We had schools from Prudhoe to Crook and many places in between.

All in all it was a great night celebrating and reflecting on our great God and coming together as His church!

Celebrating God's Mercy, an Interfaith Gathering - 21 September 2016

On 21 September Bishop Séamus gathered with people of other faiths to Celebrate the Mercy of God. This was in response to Pope Francis’ plea for the Year of Mercy – that people of all faiths, and particularly, Judaism, Christianity and Islam should make opportunities for encounter and dialogue.

The evening was a resounding success with many conversations and much respectful listening and reflection.

We were grateful to be joined by our speakers: Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Mrs Hengameh Ashraf Emami and Fr Colin Carr OP – and our guests, Bishop Frank White (recently retired from the Diocese of Newcastle), Chief Constable of Northumbria, Steve Ashman and Acting Superintendent Steve Hails among many others distinguished guests from other faiths.

Corpus Christi Mass and Procession - 29 May 2016

A procession of the Blessed Sacrament around St. Mary's Cathedral to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi took place on Sunday 29 May.

Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) Mass and Procession - 28 May 2016

On Saturday 28 May, Bishop Sťamus celebrated Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral to mark the Filippino May procession. This was followed by a procession around the Cathedral.

The morning was organised by the Couple for Christ community.