Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

Fr. Seamus Doyle RIP

It is with sadness we inform you that Fr. Seamus Doyle died on Saturday 18 February 2017 at a hospice in Darlington. Please remember Fr. Doyle and his family in your prayers.

Fr. Séamus’ body will be received into St. Augustine’s, Darlington on Thursday 2 March at 7.00pm followed by Mass. Bishop Séamus will celebrate his Requiem Mass on Friday 3 March at 12.00 noon also at St. Augustine’s. Fr. Séamus will be buried at Our Blessed Lady Immaculate (St. Mary’s), Blackhill.

Please pray for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace.

The full death notice is now available to view.

Fr. Leo Coughlin RIP

The death notice for Fr. Leo Coughlin who died peacefully on 24 January 2017 in America is now available to view.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle on Monday 20 March 2017 at noon.

One Diocese, 18 Partnerships, Unlimited Potential

A ‘Great cloud of witnesses’ from across the Diocese gathered at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead and Carmel College in Darlington to hear the decisions made by Bishop Séamus following the residential Diocesan Board meeting in January.

They heard how the 150 parishes in the diocese are now gathered into 18 partnerships. The message from Bishop Séamus states that,

"A partnership is a group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God".

A video of Bishop Séamus' message is now available through the Forward Together in Hope site.

He is convinced that partnerships will enable formation programmes to be developed and delivered locally; that smaller communities can be supported; the gifts, talents and financial resources in a wider area can be put at the service of more people and that a thorough review of all property will need to be carried out in the near future.

Everyone present was given an eight page document which included maps of every area of the diocese and which spelled out in detail the new partnership arrangements.

The full document is now available.

Lent Resources 2017

Our Lent resources are now available.

The theme is 'To be a Pilgrim: In the Footsteps of Jesus' with each week of Lent taking us to a different geographical location that Jesus visited with thoughts from the Gospel to help us reflect on our own life-journey. There are group-leaders’ guidelines and ideas for prayer stations, but also lots for people to use individually.

Access the materials now.

What’s New?

Please click here to access all Forward Together in Hope information and resources.

Job Vacancy

The Diocese is looking to appoint a new Chief Operating Officer.

Further details and an application form are available through our vacancies page.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 March 2017.

The Event

Gathering monthly at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn NE31 2ET between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. See poster for full details.

It is open to pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 and offers live bands, praise and worship, invited speakers, refreshments and social time.

Mass with Anointing of the Sick

Second Wednesday of each Month: Mass with anointing of the Sick, at 12 noon at St Joseph's Church, Gateshead.

St Mary's Cathedral


Patrons of the Diocese: St Cuthbert, Bishop and Confessor and Our Blessed Lady Immaculate