Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Sede Vacante

Episcopal Installation of Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO

The following events have been announced:

Sunday 24 March

4.30pm - Solemn Vespers at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Everybody in the Diocese is invited to attend. There will be a small number of reserved seats for invited guests of Bishop Robert.

Monday 25 March

12 noon - Episcopal Installation Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Attendance at the Mass and Reception is by invitation and ticket only. Entry will NOT be permitted without a ticket. Further information will be given if tickets become available.

Tuesday 26 March

2.00pm - Diocesan Schools Event at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Our Diocesan schools will welcome Bishop Robert to the Diocese and entry is by invitation and ticket only.

Pope John Paul II Awards

Image courtesy of Xavier Javier and YMT.

On Thursday 14 March 2019, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House came alive with an audience of over 500 celebrating the youth of our Diocese. Central to the third annual Pope John Paul II awards presentation ceremony were the 128 young people receiving awards, including 2 young people, Lewis Hall and Liam Waugh, who received Papal Cross awards for continuing their work in their parish and local community beyond the age of 18.

Read more about the evening and view further images in our events gallery.

Bishop Séamus Retirement Mass

On Friday 22 February 2019, a Mass of Thanksgiving marking the Retirement of Bishop Séamus, the thirteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary in Newcastle. The Mass was attended by members of his Family, Clergy, Religious and Laity from all across the Diocese.

The album of photos from the evening are now available to view.

Our New Diocesan Vision - Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Watch and listen as Bishop Séamus talks about the new Diocesan Vision, Mission and Values in this video message.

His Pastoral Letter, which was read out in parishes across the weekend of 9 / 10 February can be read here.

To read more about the new Diocesan Vision, Mission and Values, visit our dedicated page.

Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as the 14th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

His episcopal Installation will be on Monday 25 March 2019 at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Read the full press statement.

Vacancy – Administrator

The Diocese is looking to appoint an Administrator within the Diocesan Department for Safeguarding.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 April 2019.

Further details and an application form are available on our vacancies page.

Lent Resources

Our theme this year is 'God’s Gifts of Love and Mercy' and we will look at how, for thousands of years, people have encountered our God who is full of tenderness and compassion, often in the face of human awkwardness and doubt!

All resources are available to download or can be requested on a CD from the Department for Spirituality by email or calling 0191 243 3302.

Access the materials now.

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