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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Events – Photo Gallery

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


Corpus Christi, Sunday 23 June 2019

Corpus Christi

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Mike March.

On Sunday 23 June a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Robert Byrne took place for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ at St. Mary's Cathedral. The procession was preceded by Mass.


Corpus Christi, the Association of the Eucharist
Sunday 23 June 2019

Association of the Eucharist, Corpus Christi

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Mike March.

On Sunday 23 June, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the 'Association of the Eucharist' held a Solemn Exposition and Blessed Sacrament Procession around St. Joseph's Home (Little Sisters of the Poor), Newcastle. This event was lead by Bishop Robert Byrne.


Fr. Paul Zielinski, Book Launch Saturday 22 June 2019

On Saturday 22 June 2019, Fr. Paul Zielinski was joined at Pauline's Books at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle by Bishop Robert Byrne for the launch of his book, ‘John Ingram, Priest and Martyr 1565 – 1594’.

The book provides the background to the tempest of the Protestant Reformation in England and its impact on the spiritual, social and cultural dimensions of society, including on Tyneside, in order to situate the coming into the country of the seminary priests like John Ingram, who had trained abroad and who had to live hunted lives in Elizabethan England, which had become a police state with an elaborate spy-network. The book encourages the general reader to delve more deeply into the findings of Professor Eamon Duffy and Clare Asquith, who argue for a more multi-dimensional reading of this period in English history. Some of John Ingram’s letters and epigrams are included in the book, as well as a photocopy of his student entry and his signature in the Liber Ruba of the English College in Rome, courtesy of Professor Maurice Whitehead, the Schwarzenbach Research Fellow, acting as Archivist in the Archivum Venerabilis Collegii Anglorum de Urbe, Rome.

Anyone interested in acquiring a copy of the book, they are available at a cost of £5.99 + £2.50 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to Paul Zielinski.

Please send all requests to:

Fr. Paul Zielinksi, St. Augustine's Presbytery, Wealcroft, Gateshead NE10 8QS.


Fr. David Phillips, 25th Anniversary of his Ordination,
Tuesday 18 June 2019

Tuesday 18 June was Fr. David Phillips’ 25th Anniversary of Ordination. The following Sunday, after Mass for Corpus Christi, there was a special celebration and presentation for him at St. Mary Immaculate, Whittingham.

Text and images reproduced with the kind permission of Mrs RI Morton-Gledhill.

After the retirement of the much-loved Fr. David Tanner, parishioners are so very grateful to former Bishop Séamus for having sent the partnership another kindly and holy priest. The beautiful daily Liturgies across the partnership, as well as Fr. Davidís excellent preaching are particularly appreciated and the Tuesday evening Mass in the Extraordinary Form continues to attract a congregation into double figures.


Chrism Mass, Thursday 18 April 2019

Chrism Mass 2019

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Mike March.

On Holy Thursday morning, Bishop Robert, 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.


Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony, Thursday 14 March 2019

On Thursday 14 March, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House came alive with an audience of over 500 celebrating the youth of our Diocese. Central to the third annual Pope John Paul II awards presentation ceremony were the 128 young people receiving awards, including 2 young people, Lewis Hall and Liam Waugh, who received Papal Cross awards for continuing their work in their parish and local community beyond the age of 18.

John Paul II Awards

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Xavier Javier and YMT.

Music for the evening was provided by the excellent choir from St. Anthony’s Catholic Academy led by music teacher Laura Dudley. Bishop Séamus and Deborah Fox (Head of the Department for Education) presented the awards and both gave inspiring and affirming addresses to the young people and their relatives and friends.

The awards are coordinated by the Youth Ministry Team and supported throughout the year by a small army of Award Leaders in our secondary schools and parishes. The Award Leaders and Church Coordinators, many of whom were present on the evening, provide opportunities for those working towards the award and give constant encouragement and guidance. They are essential for the success of the awards.

At the end of the evening, the award committee presented Bishop Séamus with his own Papal Cross award for his unfailing support for the award scheme over the four years it has been going.

Next year’s award ceremony will also be in the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Thursday 27 February 2020.

Article by Tony Joy.


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.