Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Chairperson - Pat Kennedy

by phone: 0191 243 3316

or by email.



Healing Groups training is available:

This can be organised in area groups or for a Prayer Group or Parish Group, however they need to big enough to be viable and interactive.

Contact details as above.



Catholic Charismatic Renewal - CCR in England & Wales - Good News

International Catholic Charismatice Renewal Services - ICCRS


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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Future Events

The Gathering:

Every third Sunday of the month between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.

Being held at St. Joseph's, High Street West, Gateshead NE8 1LX.

For Prayer and Praise, Input and Healing Prayer.

Upcoming dates:

  • Sunday 16 December - 'Healing of Unforgiveness, the Poisons and Passions of Life' led by Pat Kennedy.

Please note that there will be no meeting in October, due to the Celebrate Family Weekend, and November when we are concentrating on our Emmanuel Day (see below) on Saturday 10 November. In 2019 we will continue as usual.


What does Pope Francis say about Seminars?

On Pentecost Sunday 2018, Pope Francis, in his Sermon in St. Peter’s said, "The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation."

"When the Spirit came upon the disciples," Pope Francis told the people in the square, "they were completely transformed; fear was replaced by courage, closure gave way to proclamation and every doubt was driven away by faith full of love."

In Rome, this summer Pope Francis told 1,000 priests to share Baptism in the Spirit with their congregations. Addressing a worldwide retreat for clergy at St. John Lateran Church, he reminded his audience of priests and bishops from 90 countries of the power of the Spirit in bringing a personal relationship with Christ.

Pope Francis said, "I ask each and all of you that as part of the current of grace of renewal of lives, that you organise seminars of 'Life in the Spirit' in your parishes and seminaries, schools and in neighbourhoods to share Baptism in the Spirit.

"They are catechesis and it is catechesis that produces, by the work of the Holy Spirit, the personal encounter with Jesus who changes our life."


The following seminars will take place at St. Hilda's Diocesan Pastoral Centre, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PY between 7.00pm and 8.30pm:

  • Thursday 11 October - 'Godís Grace and on-going Transformation.'
  • Dates for Jan - Feb 2019

  • 10, 17, 24 and 31 January 2019

  • 7 February 2019

Please make your bookings by email to Pat Kennedy.

Celebrate North East - Catholic Charismatic Family Weekend

On 20 - 21 October 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Hebburn, NE31 2ET.

Speakers: David Wells, Miriam Swaffield, Ronan Johnston.

Adults £35, young people (4 - 21 + full time education) £10, children 0 - 3 free.

Email or tel: Shirley Warrington 0191 285 6310.

Emmanuel Day: God is With Us as We Listen

Open to anyone interested in Charismatic Renewal from our Diocese and beyond, this full day event is a follow up to our previous gathering led by David Wells. Key inputs from Fr. Sean Hall, Fr. Chris Thomas, Amy Cameron and Pat Kennedy will help us focus on questions such as:

Where is Renewal in the Church?

What can we, as the body of Christ, offer and what is my role?

Saturday 10 November 2018, 9.45am for 10.00am - 4.00pm at St. Joseph’s Church, Gateshead, NE8 1LX.

Tea and coffee is provided, but please bring a packed lunch with you. Bishop Séamus will also be in attendance.

There is no cost for this event, but there will be a collection.

Booking requests to Pat Kennedy by email or telephone: 0191 243 3316.


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.

Holy Island Pilgrimage July 2017

On Saturday 22 July, 22 people gathered at the St. Aidan's Church on Holy Island for their annual pilgrimage. Greeted and welcomed as usual by Sr. Tessa, the day began with Mass and a very helpful and meaningful reflection on the readings by Fr. Michael Hickey.

The central part of the day was free to spend time as we pleased. Some went with Sr. Tessa on her reflective tour; a walk gaining insights into God’s work of creation through seven steps looking at the island’s history. Others spent time alone, or with friends.

The day ended with Exposition, a reflection and prayer service. A meaningful and enjoyable time together.

Pat Kennedy, Chair of CCR H&N.

A Prayer - Darlington June 2017

A short prayer to read and reflect upon.

Diocesan 50th Anniversary Celebrations

On 1 January 1901, Pope Leo XIII prayed to the Holy Spirit by the Holy Spirit window in St. Peter’s in Rome. That same day in the Bethel College in Topeka, Kansas, a group who had been praying to receive the Holy Spirit, suddenly began praying in tongues as on the Day of Pentecost, and also in 1906, a 'Revival' began on Azusa Street in Los Angeles.

In 1962, John XXIII prayed for a new Pentecost in the Church prior to Vatican II, "Renew your wonders in this our day, by a new Pentecost." In 1967 a group of students from Duquesne University, gathered for a retreat and one evening while praying before the Blessed Sacrament, they were suddenly and unexpectantly Baptised in the Holy Spirit. As they shared their experience and prayed with other people, that experience began to spread throughout the Catholic Church into other countries and eventually people began to form prayer groups and then larger conferences. This became what is know known as 'Catholic Charismatic Renewal'.

Many thought this development odd, but eventually the Church began to recognise a change in people’s lives and a Faith that was alive and active. Today it is in every continent and the leaders from around the world have been invited to meet with our last 3 popes in Rome. This year we will be meeting with Pope Francis at Pentecost.

On Saturday 1 April we gathered in St. Joseph’s, Gateshead to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Renewal. Bishop Séamus celebrated Mass along with several priests and deacons. 'More Than Dance' gave us a reflection in movement after Communion and Michelle Moran, President of International Renewal in Rome and also Chair of the Service Team for England and Wales, gave a reflection on Renewal and our call at the end of Mass.

Around 130 people attended and celebrated together with a buffet in the hall afterwards. The music was inspiring.

To follow on from this there will be a 'Gathering' on the third Sunday of the month in St. Joseph’s Church, Gateshead, at 3.30pm - 5.00pm, beginning on Sunday 21 May. Everyone is welcome.

Pat Kennedy, Chair of Hexham & Newcastle Service Team for Renewal.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations CCR 1967 - 2017 in Birmingham

On Saturday 4 March the Golden Celebration of the 50 Jubilee of the CCR took place in the Bethel Convention Centre in Birmingham. The gathering came together to remember and give thanks for the blessing of the Holy Spirit to a group of students, including Patti Gallagher Mansfield and David Mangan, on the Duquesne Weekend on 18 February 1967 at the Ark and Dove Retreat House near Pittsburg, which began the grace we know as Catholic Charismatic Renewal and which 50 years ago began to flow into the Catholic Church.

In 1962, John XXIII prayed for a New Pentecost. The Second Vatican Council began on 11 October 1962 and ended on the 8 December 1965.

Bishop Kevin McDonald's Homily from the Mass is now available.

Over 1500 people from all over England and Wales came together for the celebration. We were ministered to by Archbishops Kevin Mc Donald (our link to the Bishops’ Conference) and Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, plus 24 priests and 4 deacons.

Speakers on the day were Patti Gallagher Mansfield who shared her experience and its relevance today and Mark Nimo from Ghana who shared his views on Renewal Today.

Christine Dixon, one of the group from St. Anthony of Padua who attended the Celebration writes,

The whole message of the day was so prophetic and as we had talked about few weeks back. The Spirit is beginning to move in new ways. The Q&A session reminded me of the time you'd invited Leaders of Prayer Groups across to St. Hilda's and you led a similar discussion; all our uncertainties about where Renewal was going should be washed away after the weekend."

Pat Kennedy, Chair of CCR H&N

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

Order form

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 May 2018).