Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

Fr. Ernest Donnelly RIP

It is with sadness that we let you know that Fr. Ernest Donnelly died in the early hours of Tuesday 26 July at St Joseph’s (Little Sisters of the Poor), Newcastle – he was 84 years old.

Fr. Ernest's body will be received into St Joseph’s, Little Sisters of the Poor, Newcastle at 11.00 am on Friday 5 August followed by his Requiem Mass at 12.15 pm, then cremation will be at West Road Crematorium at 2.00 pm. Afterwards refreshments will be served at St Joseph’s.

The full read Death Notice is now available.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and keep his family also in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Jacques Hamel RIP

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle was saddened to hear of the death in tragic circumstances of Fr. Jacques Hamel in the town of St. Etienne-du-Rouvray in France yesterday. He was 86 years old.

The town is twinned with Gateshead and St. Joseph's Church will have a book of condolence available from 11.00am on Friday and over the weekend.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and keep his family also in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

For more information about Fr. Hamel and other parishes that are celebrating Mass for him, please read here.

Praying for our Diocese

As part of Forward Together in Hope, it has been suggested that we stop and pray for the people of our Diocese at 12 noon each day.

From Sunday 24 July, the Spirituality Facebook page will be updated daily with four or five parishes as the focus for our prayers.

The parishes will also be listed on the daily Spirituality email which you can subscribe to by contacting us by email.

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Accredited as a
'Living Wage Employer'

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every Diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage, the ‘National Living Wage’, but the ‘Living Wage’, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

This development is a response by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).

The full announcement can be read here and the Living Wage Foundation's press release can be read here.

The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK.

Year of Mercy

"God's mercy is for all people and he wants everyone to come to him with trust and confidence. The mercy of Jesus is kind and understanding; now is the time; it is never too late; he forgives all things. Let his gentle healing put your worries to rest."
Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Pictures from the Opening the Door of Mercy celebration on Sunday 13 December 2015 are now available.

Visit our dedicated Year of Mercy and resource pages.

Clergy Appointments

The announcement of new appointments effective from the weekend of the 3/4 September 2016 can be read here.

Press Release: Dominican Friars in England & Scotland

Please click here to read the full press release announcing the redployment of their pastoral duties in our Diocese.

What’s New?

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


Celebrating the Mercy of God

An Interfaith Gathering.

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Cardinal Hume School, Gateshead NE9 6RZ.

Exploring Pope Francis' Ecological Vision in Laudato Si'

with Karen Kilby.

Beginning on Wednesday 5 October, St. Aloysius', Hebburn and several other dates and venues during October.

All sessions run from 7.00 - 8.30pm. See poster for more details and booking information.

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