Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Fr. James (Jim) Doherty RIP

It is with sadness that we inform you that Fr. Jim Doherty aged 92, on Friday 12 April 2019.

Fr. Jim’s body will be received into St. Robert’s, Morpeth on Wednesday 1 May at 7.00pm and Mass will be celebrated. His Requiem Mass will be on Thursday 2 May at 12.00pm at St. Robert’s, Morpeth followed by burial at Fairmoor Cemetery.

Please remember Fr. Jim in your prayers.

Requiescat in pace.

A full death notice is now available.

Bishop Robert's Easter Message

Listen to Bishop Robert's Easter Message:

"As we begin the Easter season let us make it a time of renewal in our own lives. Let us be prepared to share our faith with others not so much by what we say but by what we do, by the kind of people we are."

Read the full Easter message (Word and PDF)

Bishop Robert's Message of Support to the people of Paris

Bishop Robert has added the support of the North East Catholic community after the devastating fire at Notre Dame in Paris.

The full video of his interview with ITV Tyne Tees News can be viewed here.

Episcopal Installation of Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne CO

On Monday 25 March 2019, the Feast of the Annunciation, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary's in Newcastle upon Tyne, Bishop Robert Byrne, CO, was installed as the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. His Episcopal Installation was led by the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Metropolitan Archbishop of Liverpool.

The celebration began with the reading of a letter from Pope Francis and the ceremonial handing over of the Crozier by the retiring Bishop, Séamus Cunningham.

You can read more about the Mass and view further images here.

A press release to mark the occasion is also now available to read.

Bishop Robert is welcomed by our Schools

On Tuesday 26 March a schools' celebration was held at St. Mary's Cathedral to welcome Bishop Robert to the Diocese.

The congregation of over 600 people was made up of pupils, staff and school chaplains from our 156 Diocesan schools.

Bishop Robert was presented with a stole by two children whose ideas were used in the design. He was also presented with a book of welcome that included a greeting page from each school. The celebration liturgy included readings, prayers and songs on the theme 'Called to Serve'. St. John Vianney School, Hartlepool, and St. Anthony's School, Sunderland, provided choirs. After the celebration, Bishop Robert spent time greeting pupils and adults from each school individually.

Please view the album of photographs from the day.

A Celebration of Marriage

On Saturday 18 May from 11.00am at St. Mary's Cathedral. Principal Celebrant is Bishop Robert.

See poster for full details.

The Mission to Accompany

With Bill Huebsch on Saturday 18 May from 9.45am until 3.30pm at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road,

Booking essential, see poster for full details.

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.

Coming Diocesan Events:

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Diocesan Vision

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Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter - Lent 2019.

Diocesan E-Newsletter

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Posters for events in the Diocese.

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St Hilda's Diocesan Resource Centre

Northern Cross

The April edition of Northern Cross is out. Read Page 1.




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Last updated on 17/04/19

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