Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

World Youth Day 2016 - Krakow, Poland

Held between 25 July – 1 August in Krakow, Poland, 35 pilgrims from the Diocese joined Bishop Séamus on pilgrimage to celebrate World Youth Day.

Pilgrims from all over the world gathered together with Pope Francis and were able to partake in various events including Mass, Catechesis, Celebrations and Reconciliation. Further images from the event can be viewed on the YMT website.

World Youth Day was initiated by Saint Pope John Paul II and the first celebration took place in 1986. Since then, a world gathering has taken place every two or three years. The next World Youth Day celebration will take place in Panama in 2019.

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church

This course for catechists, ‘Catechesis in the Mission of the Church’ is now in its third year and has been of great benefit to those who have engaged with it. It supports those already involved in catechesis in further developing their own faith and understanding and offers a structured programme for those interested in becoming a catechist. Each of the 18 sessions offers a time of prayer, teaching, reflection and also a time for questions.

This programme will be ongoing for the foreseeable future so it may be that you consider undertaking it over a single year or over several years. Upon completion of the programme, you will be invited to receive a Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis at the Education and Formation Mass celebrated by Bishop Séamus.

Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Gateshead. Further information on dates, content and how to book can be found 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.

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.

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.

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.

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