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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Ministry Mass 2019

Ministry Mass 2019

On Tuesday 16 July at St. Joseph's Church, Hartlepool, Bishop Robert celebrated Mass to mark the movement of Jeremy Cain (Holy Family, Hartlepool), Sibby Thomas (St. Joseph's, Sunderland) and Neil Haggerstone (Our Lady of the Rosary, Peterlee) from Candidate to Lector in their training for the Permanent Diaconate.

An album of photographs is available through Flickr.

Diocesan Education and Formation Mass 2019

Education Mass 2019

The Education and Formation Mass was celebrated on Monday 8 July. The work of school staff, governors and catechists was celebrated and those who were retiring received an episcopal blessing from Bishop Robert Byrne CO. The Diocesan choir and musicians led the singing.

An album of photographs is available through Flickr.

Tony Joy - Ordination to the Diaconate

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of Tony Joy

On Saturday 6 July, Tony Joy was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Robert Byrne at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Tony was supported by his wife Elizabeth, his family, friends and parishioners. Many fellow Deacons were present to support his entry into the Diaconate as were his Parish Priests, Fr. Mark Millward and Fr. Jim O Keefe. Also present were Fr. Sean Hall, Deacons John Hawthorne and Peter Jones, and Mrs Pat Kennedy of the Diaconate Formation Team.

Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman C.O.

Pope Francis has approved the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Sister Mariam Thresia, Giuseppina Vannini, Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marguerite Bays, which will take place on Sunday 13 October 2019 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Clergy Anniversaries

We ask for your prayers for the following priests who are celebrating the jubilee of their ordinations before the year end:

Fr. William O’Gorman
6 June (65 years)

Fr. Wilfrid Elkin
19 July (60 years)

Fr. Cornelius O’Connor
7 June (50 years)

Fr. Michael Purtill
7 June (50 years)

Mgr. Andrew Faley
23 June (40 years)

Fr. Michael Griffiths
7 July (40 years)

Fr. Anthony Cornforth
3 November (40 years)

Fr. Michael McCoy
30 September (30 years)

Fr. Jonathan Rose
25 November (30 years)

Fr. Martin Morris
25 June (25 years)

Fr. David Phillips
18 June (25 years)

Fr. Adrian Tuckwell
25 June (25 years)

May God bless them with good health to continue their dedicated service to His Church.

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