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:


There are currently no courses planned. They will be displayed here as announced.


"It's not the end of the world", Understanding the Book of Revelation

A series of talks given by Sr. Michael from the Sisters of Mercy, Oaklea Community, will take place during October and will be held at St. Paul’s Church of England Church, Ryhope, Sunderland SR2 OHH at 7.00pm.

  • Wednesday 24 October – The Reign and Triumph of Christ.

More details are available about these talks from Rev’d. David Chadwick on 0191 523 7884.

Common Humanity Conference:

The ‘Common Humanity’ conference takes place during National Interfaith Week on Wednesday 13 November at the University of Northumbria.

The focus of the conference will be on three topics each discussed from a range of faith perspectives:

  • Living Well Together

  • The Media and Fake News

  • Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

Schools are invited to send groups of students for the 1.30pm session members of faith communities from 6.00pm, refreshments will be provided.

Voices of Faith’ invite you to an evening of interfaith dialogue on ‘Divinity & Femininity’.

On Wednesday 20 November from 6.00pm – 8.30pm at the Central Mosque, Grainger Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8RQ.

See poster for details.


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.