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, First Steps – Exploring the Catholic Faith Online and Liturgical events and programmes)

  • Events (A Day of Reflection for Readers, the Launch of CHARIS and A Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)


Called & Gifted:

All of us are called by God. God calls each one of us to be happy and fulfilled and to live a life of purpose. It is normal to discern what that might look like. One of the ways to do that is to explore the gifts that you have been given to make your mark on the world. The Called & Gifted process does exactly that. To find out more, or to register for the course, please visit the Called & Gifted page.

Future course dates to be announced in due course.

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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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September 2021:

FIRST STEPS – Exploring the Catholic Faith Online:

Are you wondering about your relationship with God and not sure where to start?

Join us on a journey this Autumn and see if the Catholic Church can help your relationship grow. This may be the right path for you. It may even help you take the next steps towards coming into the Church. We gather weekly via Zoom and invite you to come along to find out more. Starts Wednesday 22 September at 7.00pm.

If you are interested to find out more, you can enquire/register using the Online Enquiry Form or email us. For full details, please see the poster.

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July / November 2021:

Liturgical Events and Training Programmes:

This booklet provides details of some liturgical events and programmes that will be happening in the Autumn. Further information and booking details will be available in due course.

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October 2021:

Breaking the Word

A Day of Reflection for Readers on Saturday 9 October 2021 from 10.30am to 3.30pm, registration & refreshments from 10.00am. Being held at Ushaw College, Durham.

Book online here, phone (07375 934713) or email us. See poster for further information.

CHARIS: Diocesan Service of Communion

The Launch of CHARIS takes place on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 11.00am to 2.30pm at English Martyrs Church, Newcastle.

Please let us know by email or phone: 07375 934713, if you wish to attend. Click here for further information.

Called to the Supper of the Lamb

A Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Saturday 16 October 2021 or Saturday 30 October 2021 from 10.30am – 3.30pm, registration & refreshments from 10.00am. Being held at Ushaw College, Durham.

Book online (16/10/21 – here, 30/10/21 – here), phone (07375 934713) or email us. See poster for further information.

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How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Email: or tel: 0191 243 3316.