Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Fr. Michael Marr RIP

It is with sadness we inform you that Fr. Michael Marr died peacefully in hospital on the morning of Friday 11 August 2017. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Fr. Michael was ordained to the priesthood on 30 June 1979 and has faithfully served the people of our Diocese.

Fr. Michael’s body will be received into St. Mary’s, Forest Hall on Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 6pm followed by Mass. His Requiem Mass on will be on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 12 noon at St. Mary’s, Forest Hall followed by cremation at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle.

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

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

On Friday 28 July, our pilgrims left on their journey to Lourdes on the annual Diocesan pilgrimage. You can now view some of the images that have come through from the first weekend on our Lourdes Pilgrimage page. Images are courtesy of Mike March. Further updates will appear on our Diocesan Facebook page as they become available.

Ordination of Fr. Peter Stoddart

Fr. Peter Stoddart was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 22 July 2017 in St. Mary's Cathedral by Bishop Séamus Cunningham. The full gallery of images from his Ordination are now available to view.

Partnership Area Launched

The new Partnership Area is now live. It is one of the ways in which partnerships will be supported in their early days of development. Please help to improve it by contributing information and providing feedback.

Ministries Mass 2017

On 14 July at St. Patrick's Church, Dipton, Bishop Séamus celebrated Mass to mark Paul Nichol, Peter Smith and Paddy Jackson moving from Lector to their final year of Acolyte in their training for the Permanent Diaconate. Tony Joy is moving from Candidate to Lector. Our Permanent Diaconate News Page has a full gallery of images from evening.

Interfaith Peace Pilgrimage

All Walking Together on Saturday 21 October 2017.

An interfaith gathering to promote peace.

Booking essential. For further information or to book please contact us by email or tel: 0191 243 3302.

Diocesan Guidelines for Infant Baptism

The Diocesan Guidelines for Infant Baptism are now available for download. Copies of the programme will be sent to parishes shortly.

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Last updated on 17/08/17

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