Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

The Dowry Tour at St. Mary's Cathedral

Preparing for the Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary.

The Slipper Chapel statue of Our Lady of Walsingham visited St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle between Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 October.

View some images from the opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne CO.

Dowry Tour - Our Lady of Walsingham

Images reproduced with kind permission of Mike March

Advent Resources

This year’s Advent theme is The God Who Speaks – through the Prophets.

They are available here to download or, if you prefer, on a CD, which you can order from the Department for Spirituality. If you would like further ideas on how to use the resources, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

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.

To help parishes and partnerships prepare for the official launch on the First Sunday of Advent, from 30 September, we will begin making more information and resources available.

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

Booklets will be appearing in parishes soon and there will be more events, ideas and resources to come!

Northern Cross

The November edition of Northern Cross is out now. Read Page 1.

Pick up your copy this weekend or subscribe online at

Newman: A Saint for Our Time.

A public lecture by Bishop Robert Byrne CO.

On Tuesday 12 November 2019 at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Church, Old Elvet, Durham from 6.30pm Vespers, Lecture from 7.00pm with drinks at 8.15pm for a 8.45pm close.

Entry is free of charge and all are welcome. Online registration is essential. See poster for full details.

Vacancy – Head of Communications

The Diocese is looking to appoint a Head of Communications.

Closing time and date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 18 November 2019.

Further details are available on our vacancies page.

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

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