Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019

The Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes has taken place over the last week. Our Pilgrims were accompanied by Bishop Robert, priests and many volunteers, including some from our youth section.

The theme for this year's pilgrimage was “Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs” and asks us to reflect on the life of Bernadette in the light of this Beatitude from St. Luke’s gospel.

For up to date news visit our Lourdes Pilgrimage page and to view the latest pictures from the Pilgrimage visit the Lourdes Pilgrimage Facebook page.

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.

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. Anthony Cornforth
3 November (40 years)

Fr. Michael McCoy
30 September (30 years)

Fr. Jonathan Rose
25 November (30 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