Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Flame 2017

The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) Flame 2017, a gathering and celebration for young people, was held at Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday 11 March, 2017.

The theme for Flame 2017 was “10,000 Reasons”, the title of a song by Matt Redman, who performed at the event. Fr. Dermott Donnelly addressed the 10,000 young people in the arena, including many young pilgrims from our Diocese.

Photos of the event are now available, courtesy of YMT.

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.

The full document is now available, along with responses to the 50 questions noted at the two meetings at Gateshead and Darlington.

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.


Voices of Peace

St. Cuthbert’s Church, North Shields

Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 7.00pm

See poster for full details.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Friday 28 July - Friday 4 August 2017. Travel directly to Lourdes by plane or by jumbolance.

Full information about costs, details of care offered, and Booking / Application Forms are available from Fr. Peter Stott by tel: 01670 513410 or by email or visit the dedicated pilgrimage website.

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