Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

Ministry Mass 2016

On Thursday 14 July at All Saints, Lanchester, Paddy Jackson from Leam Lane, Paul Nichol from Leadgate and Peter Smith from Lanchester were accepted as Reader by Bishop Séamus in the presence of their families, members of their Parish, Deacons, Parish Priests and fellow student. The Ministry Mass brings them into the second stage of their training for the Permanent Diaconate, as Reader, and to signify this they are each presented with a Bible by the Bishop.

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.

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Accredited as a
'Living Wage Employer'

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every Diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage, the ‘National Living Wage’, but the ‘Living Wage’, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

This development is a response by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).

The full announcement can be read here and the Living Wage Foundation's press release can be read here.

The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK.

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.

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.

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.

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