Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Department for Interreligious Relations

Head of Department: Rev. Arockia Mariadass Pagyasamy OCD,
St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus,
Heaton Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5HN.

Tel: 0191 265 5290

Mobile: 07740 030900


Courses, Events and News:


Understanding Islam - a 4-day course for Catholics living and working with Muslims.

Is being held between Tuesday 17 and Friday 20 September 2019 at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Places are limited and deadline for applications is Wednesday 26 June. To apply for a place on the course, e-mail Katharina Smith–Müller at Bishop's Conference indicating why you are interested in participating in the course.

See the poster for full details and cost.


Annual Walk for Peace

Sunday 15th September 2019, 10.00 am at the Hindu Temple, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9QB.

The Walk will begin at 11.00am (see programme for details)

For further information please contact Hari Shukla on 0191 243 3620.

Echoes of Contempt’ by Rev'd. Bruce Thompson.

The Diocese of Newcastle with the RC Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle invite you to hear a talk from Rev'd. Bruce Thompson, Methodist Minister and Chair of the Lincolnshire Methodist District
and Author on his latest book about the history of the church’s relationship with Jewish communities over two millennia.

Covering centuries of religious history, ‘Echoes of Contempt’ explores the Church’s relationship with Jewish communities, from the time of the early Church to today.

Venue: UHC Orthodox Synagogue, Graham Park Road, Gosforth NE3 4BH. On Tuesday 17 September from 3.30pm – 6.00pm

Please confirm attendance by tel: 0191 270 4100 or by email.


Interfaith Newsletter July 2019

There are some interesting items in the July issue of the Westminster Interfaith Newsletter. Available to read or download now.

Pontificial Council's message for the Feast of Vesakh 2019

The Pontificial Council have published this message for the Feast of Vesakh.

Pontificial Council's message for Ramadan 2019

The Pontificial Council have published this message for the month of Ramadan.

Pontifical Council’s message for Mahavir Jayanti 2019

Please find attached the Pontifical Council’s message for Mahavir Jayanti which, this year, falls on 17th April. It is a festival marked by the Jain community, which is quite small in numbers in England and Wales, so might not have come to your attention.

You might remember Cardinal Tauran’s visit to the Oshwal community, one of the largest branches of Jainism in the UK, here are some images from that visit.

Jainism is a Dharmic religion – the cycle of death and re-birth is at the centre of its beliefs, and non-violence is a central value, to the extent that some Jains monks and nuns will sweep the ground before their feet, and wear a face mask, to avoid disturbing or hurting even the smallest forms of life.

Mahavir Jayanti (the feast day dedicated to Mahavir), or, more formally, Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Diwas, commemorates the birth and the life of the 24th thirtankara (teacher, literally: ford maker – someone who creates a path to salvation) of the Jain religion, and final one for the present era.

Suggested bidding prayers for around the time of the festival and now available also containing more details on the festival itself, and the Jain faith.


Holocaust Memorial Evening 2019 ‘Torn from Home’

In the presence of Rt. Rev. Séamus Cunningham, Gabriele Keenaghan told the story of her flight from the Nazis on the Kindertransport. Photographs from the evening are available on our Holocaust Memorial page.

The annual Diocesan Christian / Muslim Women`s event to pray for peace took place at the ruined chapel to Our Lady, Jesmond on Saturday 30 June 2018. Read more about it here.