Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

New School Chaplains welcomed by Bishop Robert

School chaplains met at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle for the celebration of Mass. Bishop Robert Byrne was the chief celebrant, assisted by the Dean, Fr. Michael McCoy. Bishop Robert reflected on the words of the Gospel reading for the day, 'The Parable of the Lost Sheep', in which Jesus tells us the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that is lost.

Each person is precious to God and as chaplains, God calls them to seek the lost.

Four new chaplains were inducted and welcomed to the Diocese; Bridgid Duffy of St. Benet Biscop, Bedlington, Rebecca Leighton of St. Michael’s, Billingham, Kasia Szczepanska of St. Aidan’s, Sunderland and David Harrison of St. Anthony’s, Sunderland.

Bishop Robert prayed for the chaplains and presented them with a Bible. His prayer asked God to guide the new chaplains and help them inspire young and old by their world and their example. The existing chaplains also stood to rededicate themselves to the role.

Diocesan Academy Policy 2019

Bishop Robert Byrne CO and the Diocesan Directors have approved a revised Diocesan Academy Policy 2019.

To access, download or read the documentation for this, please follow the link to the Diocesan Education School Policies page.

The God Who Speaks – The Year of the Word

From 1 December 2019 through to 28 November 2020, the Bishops of England and Wales are inviting us to spend a Year learning to listen more closely to The God Who Speaks.

Visit our dedicated ‘The God Who Speaks’ pages for Diocesan contacts, news of events, resouces and more.

A wealth of information is available now through the Bishop's Conference website.

Click here to find out more about The God Who Speaks – The Year of the Word.

Pastoral Letter

Read Bishop Robert's Pastoral Letter, the Holy Family December 2019.

Northern Cross

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

St. Mary's Cathedral


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