Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

North East Catholic History Society (NECHS)


Fr. David Milburn RIP

You will be saddened to learn that Fr. Milburn died on Monday 4 January 2021 at St. Joseph's Care Home, Newcastle.

Recently, he was discharged from the Freeman Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia.

He was one of the founding members of our Society starting in 1974 and gave his first talk there that year. Faithfully, he continued to actively support NECHS, giving and attending lectures, writing articles for the magazine and joining excursions until failing health prevented him from attending meetings. What he always enjoyed was engaging with members and participating in the discussion with lecturers. He must be the world's expert on Ushaw College. Members may recall a time when the invited lecturer failed to turn up. Without any notes, he gave an hour long talk on Douai. Endowed with a good sense of humour, he was always entertaining company.

We will miss him when we are able to gather together again. We remember him with great affection and pray for the repose of his soul.

About the NECHS:

The Society was founded in July 1974 to promote research into the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the north eastern counties of England – a geographical term which is taken to cover the eastern half of the country between the rivers Tweed and Humber. The Society is independent but it enjoys the patronage of the Bishops of Hexham and Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

The interests of the Society extend from the mediaeval period to the recent past and cover all aspects of the Church’s life – biographical, cultural, institutional, architectural and sociological.

Each year, the Society arranges a programme of five afternoon talks between autumn and spring, and two coach excursions to places of Catholic interest in the northern region during summer.

The Society publishes the substantial illustrated periodical Northern Catholic History, more than fifty editions of which have appeared since the inception of the Society, making it one of the longest running local Catholic history journals in the country. Back issues of recent numbers are available. The Editor always welcomes proposals for articles in future editions.

See a complete list of articles published in the journal.

Membership of the Society is by subscription, payable in September annually or you can set up a Standing Order with your bank. This entitles each member to free entry to the Society’s talks, mailings about excursions, and a copy of Northern Catholic History on publication. See membership for details of subscription costs.

For details of how to become a member contact Margaret Henderson.

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