Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Chairperson - Pat Kennedy

phone: 0191 284 1690

email: pat.kennedy42@icloud.com



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 website of the Diocesan Service Team for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese.

Future Events

The Gathering, A Catholic Charismatic Renewal event.

Every third Sunday of the month commencing on Sunday 21 May 2017.

Being held at St. Joseph's, Gateshead between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.

Everyone welcome.

For further details see the poster.

Come, this is the time.

Friday 8 (5.00pm) - Sunday 10 (2.00pm) September 2017

During this weekend we shall reflect on The Calling in scripture - where I see myself within that Call, where I am being fed and to whom am I being sent? Can I respond?

This retreat will be led by Fr. Chris Thomas and Pat Kennedy. Chris Thomas is director of the Ireneaus Project, an initiative of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool to promote adult formation in spirituality. Pat Kennedy works with the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle in adult formation, training of the permanent diaconate and renewal.

To book, please visit Minsteracres website, cost £130.00.

Come and See Conference 2017

This event will be taking place at Christ the King School in Southport on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017.

Timothy Radcliffe OP will be our keynote speaker. As you can see from the poster, workshop leaders include; Steve Atherton, Fiona Castle, Dermott Donnelly, Pat Kennedy, David and Mary Matthews.

Suggested donation: £40 [Concessions available on request].

To obtain a booking forms, send a stamped addressed envelope to; Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Liverpool L22 1RD, or tel: 0151 949 1199, email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk or visit our website.


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 - Tapes:

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. He has spent the last 18 months doing so. He is not yet finished. 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 June 2015).