Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Vicariate for Faith & Mission


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

Faith & Mission Courses:

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry:

Deadline for applications to enrol on the next Certificate in Pastoral Ministry course ends on Monday 16 November 2020.

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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Faith & Mission Events:

October 2020:

Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic?

If you would like to find a course about the Catholic Faith in our Diocese, our online RCIA course is listed below:

Registration remains open for new enquirers wishing to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme 2020–21.

See poster for details or to register, please email us.

A brief introduction to the RCIA can be found here.

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Sacramental Preparation Online

We would like to invite catechists to attend one of the online sessions at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21 October (Confirmations) and Thursday 22 October (First Holy Communions). New and experienced catechists are all welcome to come, share and find out more about sacramental preparation online.

See poster for details and to register to attend one of the meetings, please email us.

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November 2020:

The Great Adventure: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

This new, free, hour–long online course starts on Monday 2 November between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. They will run across 8 sessions during November 2020 and February 2021.

See poster for full details and to register, please email us.


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How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Email: or tel: 0191 243 3316.