Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Vicariate for Faith & Mission


The Future of Virtual Learning and Formation

Amy Cameron, Coordinator for Faith & Mission, offers a short reflection on the future of virtual learning and formation in the Vicariate.  Watch the video by clicking on the image below.

Click on the following links to take you directly to the section of interest.

  • Courses (incl. Called & Gifted, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, Parish CCRS Catechesis Module and Listening Skills)

  • Events (incl. Exploring the Directory for Catechesis Virtual Conference and Sycamore and Scripture & Spirituality Conference)


Called & Gifted:

God is calling you to a work of love that will fill your life with purpose and joy. Are you ready to discern your gifts? Our latest programme began in February 2021 and if you would like to apply for a place in the next cohort, please email us to register your interest. Visit for more information.

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Certificate in Pastoral Ministry:

Are you involved in ministry in your parish or Partnership? Maybe you are a Minister of the Eucharist, a Baptism Catechist, Children’s Liturgy Leader or Bidding Prayer Writer, or one of the many other people who keep the Church and its mission moving forward; or maybe you would like to be, but do not feel you have the skills. In any case, the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry may be just what you need.

If you would like to find out more about the certificate you can read or download the full course details now, which includes some brief testimonials from our existing students. Alternatively, watch the following short video testimonials (approximately one minute in length).

Our first graduates received their certificates on Saturday 7 December 2019. they were congratulated by Bishop Malcolm McMahon alongside their peers who had come together from across the Northern Province.

Read more about the celebration here.


Certificate in Pastoral Ministry – Video Testimonials





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Parish CCRS Catechesis Module:

You may also be interested in the Parish Catechesis module of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course. This module is designed to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. There is a fee for this course. Further information on the CCRS course (and the CCRS in general) and the CCRS booking form can be found on the CCRS web page.

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May 2021:

You Just Have To Listen

A six week online Listening Skills course to learn basic skills from counselling theory and practice, to help and support people experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Tuesday evenings 6.30 – 8.30pm
11 May to 22 June (excluding 1 June)

Effective listeners are needed in our Diocese. Supervision support will be provided for those who undertake this work and a day's CPD training will be provided each year for ongoing development.

The course will cover aspects of:

  • bereavement/loss

  • managing uncertainty

  • anxiety

  • low mood

  • relationship difficulties

  • signposting

Cost of the course is £120 per person and applications must be endorsed by a priest/deacon. Funding available &ndah; please contact us for details. Please call Faith and Mission on 0191 243 3316 or email us for further information or to apply.

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May 2021:

Exploring the Directory for Catechesis Virtual Conference 2021.

About the Conference:

Maryvale Institute, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, is delighted to announce a free, virtual conference that will focus on the new Directory for Catechesis. The Directory, published in March 2020, makes clear the essential elements in teaching and personal formation required by the mission of catechesis. Building on the previous 2 catechetical directories (1971 and 1997), this new text is a vital resource for all those engaged in the Church's work of proclaiming the Gospel.

You can register online for this conference.

This conference offers an opportunity for those either involved with or interested in catechesis, to explore the main themes and key emphases of this important text, and to reflect on its implications for their work in the Church and the world.

The conference takes place across 3 sessions, focusing on different aspects of the directory. The remaining session is:

  • Session 3, Friday 14 May, 2.00 – 4.00pm: Growing in Faith: A Lifelong Journey of Catechesis. Speakers confirmed so far; Angela Wood MA (Maryvale Institute), Sr. Carino Hodder OP (Dominican Srs of St. Joseph), Lianne Pap (Archdiocese of Birmingham and Maryvale Institute), Paul Northam (Archdiocese of Birmingham), Beccy Roseman (Kenelm Youth Trust, Archdiocese of Birmingham) and more, followed by breakout sessions.

There is no cost to register and attend all sessions of the conference, although we would encourage delegates to consider a donation of £5 or £10 or more towards scholarships for those enrolling on Maryvale Institute’s adult formation courses, to help support and train the catechists of the future.

For more information see the poster, visit their website or email them.

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July 2021:

Scripture & Spirituality Conference; Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 July 2021

Scripture & Spirituality Conference 2021 “To love, is to be transformed into what we love. To love God is therefore is to be transformed into God.

St. John of the Cross

This year’s conference focuses on St. John of the Cross and his life changing teachings of how love can transform each and everyone of us.

Through six thought provoking talks, each of us can learn how to become beacons of light to greater reflect Christ and offer hope to a world in much need of healing.

This year, we have been blessed with 6 renowned speakers, authors and experts, who will help bring St. John’s teachings to life and transform how we grow in our love and spirituality. Read more. The speakers for each day are detailed on this poster.

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How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Email: or tel: 0191 243 3316.