Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


Chairperson - Pat Kennedy

by phone: 0191 243 3316

or by email.


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Hexham & Newcastle - Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Welcome to the webpage for the Diocesan Service Team for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese.

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What is the nature of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?

The grace of Charismatic Renewal has affected many lives through a personal experience of the Holy Spirit changing their lives, over the past 50 years. There are many in the Church suspicious of it and yet it witnesses to nothing we cannot find in Scripture, Vatican II and the Church teaching. This document produced by the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal in England gives a more detailed explanation of what it is about.

Do you feel called to Intercession?

We are forming a Diocesan Intercessory Group, highlighting areas of prayer for Renewal and for Diocesan needs and initiatives, which we need to intercede for. Read this document for further insight and if you would like to join this group please contact Pat Kennedy by email or tel: 0191 243 3316.

Future Events

Future events will be displayed here as they become available.


Emmanuel Gathering March 2019

On Saturday 2 March the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal gathered again following on from their previous two meetings looking at where Renewal was in the Church, on the fringe or integrated and how Renewal can become more integrated through its gifting into the Church. We set up a Diocesan Intercessory Group through those who were discerned as having this gift. This group pray for Diocesan events, projects, etc. and also for those with personal need. There are 28 people on the list and we have been kept busy with many needs sent into me, since it began, with some very positive results.

The grace of Charismatic Renewal has affected many lives through a personal experience of the Holy Spirit changing their lives over the past 50 years. There are many in the Church suspicious of it who speak of 'happy clappies', etc. and yet it witnesses to nothing we cannot find in Scripture, Vatican II and the Church teaching. It uses praise and worship and praise in tongues which is a gift of Prayer, Rom 8; 26. “When we cannot choose words to pray the Holy Spirit expresses our plea in ways not of words.

In 2017 Pope Francis thanked the Gathering for Pentecost in Rome for bringing CCR to the heart of the Church, “It is a Pentecostal Grace for the whole Church. We thank God for this current of grace which has changed to lives of millions.” Last Summer the Pope asked all priests to run 'Life in the Spirit' Seminars in their Parishes as he said all need to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The format of Renewal may change, it may become smaller as we grow into the Church Community more and more, but as Pope Francis says, we have something to bring, we are building blocks of experience, we are not the only ones, but we are called to share what we have been given. Renewal is in a New Season and we need to be watering the seeds.

At this, our third meeting we gathered to say thanks for all we have received as a group and individually. The Bishop was unable to attend this time as he was at the Flame Youth Conference, but he was represented by Fr. Jeff Dodds a member of the Service Team for Renewal and also Episcopal Vicar for Cleveland and South Durham.

Speakers: (l - r) Fr. Jeff Dodds, Ann Holmes and Deacon John Hawthorne

Fr. Jeff, Deacon John Hawthorne and Ann Holmes a member of the 'Anawim' Prayer Group at St. Andrews, Newcastle, previously at Longbenton, all gave testimonies as to how Renewal had changed their lives and affected their calling into Ministry and their Mission in the world since. The Gathering added their own experiences after each input.

The day ended with Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Whalen where we all came together to give thanks in the Eucharist for all we have received and are called, 'Gifted and Sent', to share with our parishes, partnerships, communities, etc.

The feedback from the day was excellent and the call for us to keep gathering in this way was expressed by all.

Pat Kennedy, Chair of Diocesan Charismatic Renewal

Emmanuel; God is with Us as We Listen

On Saturday 10 November in St. Joseph’s Hall, Gateshead over 50 people from 'Emmanuel' the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Community (CCC) met for the second time this year. This was a follow-up to the Day held On Saturday 24 March at St. Mary’s School, Longbenton, that was facilitated by David Wells.

We gathered once again with Bishop Séamus, we came to listen and to discern further where the Lord is leading us. We looked at where Renewal stands in the Church, Diocese, Partnerships and Parishes? Is it a collection of closed groups who do not gather, or are we a community of believers, 'Emmanuel, God is with us', bringing life to the Church to ourselves, along with others?

Pat Kennedy reminded us of the importance of story. My story; who I am and who I am to God. Who I am in my family friendships, community, work and Church, local and worldwide. We all have history and beginnings and when we lose the story we lose who we are in the midst of it all. I remember the story and in doing so I remember myself into it, own it, move with it and commit myself to add to the story. My life, one drop of water, moves an entire ocean.

That’s the effect of my/our life on the world, if I/we contribute.

This was followed by one of our main speakers, Fr. Sean Hall who spoke on Pope Francis document 'Gaudete et Exsultate', the call of all to Holiness in today’s world. This enlightening, challenging and very clear presentation highlighted the call to all to discover their Mission and accept the fact that they are Holy by pure Gift of God; a gift, which as Francis continually reminds us, “World and the Devil, will want to dissuade us from believing". He emphasised the need of the Gifts of the Spirit; prayer, wisdom and the essential discernment of our individual task and journey.

Each Saint is a Mission, planned by the Father to reflect and embody, at a specific moment in history, a certain aspect of the Gospel." (Chapter 1 Section 19)

(l - r) Amy Cameron, Fr. Sean Hall and Fr. Chris Thomas.

Our second speaker was Fr. Chris Thomas who took us on a personal journey and reflection; asking where is God in my life, how personal is God to me? How far do I risk finding who I am and how precious I am in God’s plan, rather than playing safe and sticking to rules and regulations?

Amy Cameron then spoke to us about what is happening in our Parishes, Partnerships, and the Diocese as a whole. She gathered up all that had been said into how we could own this, own who I am, called gifted and sent to be part of the whole and to bring the gifts we have as Catholics, Christians, and members of Renewal to contribute to the family of the Church, communities and partnerships to which we belong.

Renewal is part of the Church, and part of our Spirituality is praise worship, relationship with God, prayer and Love of the Word of God in the Scriptures and all of this contributes to the power of intercessory prayer; that is praying into the mind of God, to bring about his plans, his dreams, moving forward from the beginning of time into the future as the plan unfolds. We pray for it to bear fruit and to be free of obstacles.

Throughout the day after each input we went into buzz-groups and again finally at the end of the day we submitted our dream of ways forward. Pat Kennedy invited everyone to join together as one family journeying together.

We have the choice to come or not in our God-given freedom. One way of being involved is through the powerful gift of intercessory prayer, praying into God’s mind that His will be done and his plans and dream for us come about unhindered. Twenty-six people signed up to form a group which could be informed and contacted for prayer for Renewal as well as Diocesan initiatives.

The Service Team will be looking at the dream and suggestions over the coming weeks and planning a path forward in response for the new year.

Pat Kennedy, Chair of Diocesan Charismatic Renewal

Is Renewal a fringe group or a central part of the Church?

On Saturday 24 March around 80 members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and some from other dioceses in the north, gathered at St. Mary’s School, Longbenton in the presence of Bishop Séamus, Frs. Dodds and Whalen and Amy Cameron, to address this question. The day was facilitated by David Wells.

We looked at where Renewal stands in church, diocese, partnerships and parishes? Is it a group of closed groups who do not gather, or is it a community of believers, 'Emmanuel, God is with us', bringing life to the church along with others?

In the opening introduction Pat Kennedy, chair of CCR, reminded us of the story of how CCR began. Story is important, it helps us to remember and to remind ourselves to belong; whether through the bible journey, to groups, family or church. Who am I in all of this and what do I bring to the story?

The last four Popes since Vatican II have affirmed the contribution of Renewal; Paul VI said we are a ‘chance’ for the church, St. John Paul II said we were an example and witness of the life and fruits of the Spirit coming alive in the church. Benedict called all movements to meet with him in Rome and Pope Francis repeated this in 2017; he says it is a current of grace for the church. He says that the gifts/charisms are not an option and we are to work together with the church/pastors to be 'in harmony and mission, we are accountable.’

Francis asks us if we are still moving after our first grace, baptism in the Spirit, or are we static? Are we taking risks, coming together to witness, or remaining isolated? Am I moving and allowing the miracles God is doing in me to allow me to fly?

Renewal brings a distinctive type of prayer and worship and some in the church view us with suspicion, but all are called to maturity to witness what we have received. St. Irenaeus tells us that the Glory of God is people fully alive in Christ.

We are all on a mission, as Walking Together in Hope in our Diocese has reminded us.

The time of prayer in the leadership team of Diocesan Service Team, prior to this meeting, called us to be ‘Emmanuel’, a sign that God is with us. We were told in Kings 18 we are rebuilding the altar with new stones. God calls us through Jeremiah 40:4-5 to allow our hands to be unchained, to follow Him, it is our choice.

David Wells asked us how the tension between charisms (breath of the Spirit) we are gifted with and our unity with the wider body of the church is experienced? He reminded us that St. Paul, in Acts 17:23, tells us God has made everything and is in everything and calls us to find Him in all that is around us. He does not live in what we make, He is the creator and it is in Him that we all move and exist and have our being. We all different all gifted in different ways and we are called to love all cooperate with all and be one as christians and church.

His challenge to us was, are we doing this? Are we a fringe group of an active part of the church, how are we contributing, are we willing to contribute, in groups, Renewal gatherings, parishes and partnerships and if not what is preventing me? Is it about you for me and me for you or me and my group alone?

Amy Cameron shared that she felt that Renewal was like the bulbs planted in preparation for their time to blossom. They wait patiently, through all kinds of weather, for Spring-time. She felt that before this time Renewal had done its groundwork often not easy, but we have tilled the soil, the ground is ready, now it is time to blossom. We need to work together as a Diocese, using our gifts of wisdom and discernment, taking the courage to step forward and to intercede into the mind of God for His will not ours.

The day consisted of song, prayer, group chat, sharing, listening to God’s Word for us and reflecting on the dream of where we could go together. How could we work alongside youth?

All of this was expertly facilitated by David and the day ended with great enthusiasm for more meetings like this, a willingness to make more effort to take the opportunities offered to meet together, to support each other and to come out of the shadow into the light.

Fr Sean Conaty - CDs:

Fr. Sean Conaty was known to many for his involvement in the Deliverance and Healing Ministry. He was also much sought after speaker on areas of Faith, Spirituality, Renewal Scripture as well as healing, throughout the British Isles as well as Germany, Spain and Gibraltar. Born in Cavan in Ireland he came to Hexham and Newcastle Diocese as a young priest, he then served in the Missions in South America, before returning once again to the Diocese to serve in Parish Ministry. After a long illness he died in August 2011.

Fr. Sean was widely read and always spoke within the realms of daily life, where he himself was aware of God’s presence and encouraged others to find the same blessing.
Since then we have had enquiries as to whether we had any of his recorded talks on CD.

One of our DST, Paul Copeland, felt that he was called to transfer those many talks we had on Tape onto CDs. Paul has listened to them all to monitor the quality of each recording. He has now produced a list of 62 CDs. and continues to pursue his ministry. He told me that it has been a privilege to edit the recordings and to listen to so many hours of sincere Christian witness from a friend who lived out everything he taught, with faithfulness, compassion and wisdom.

List of recordings

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Other information:

Service Team

The local Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Service Team serves Renewal in the Diocese by providing a structure of communication, information and resourcing.

The Team arranges:

  • Days of Renewal
  • Diocesan Healing Services
  • A quarterly local newsletter
  • Life in the Spirit Seminars
  • Information on local Prayer Groups


Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR in England and Wales) - GoodNews:

Magazine - about GoodNews and how to subscribe.

Articles - archived extracts of GoodNews articles.

Charismatic Prayer Groups in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese

Details of Charismatic Prayer Groups in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese
(update November 2018).