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Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


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About Partnerships

Our 18 Partnerships were formally established by Bishop Séamus at Pentecost 2017. You can learn more about them, or visit our partnerships directory.


Guidelines and other resources developed for use by partnerships.

Sharing Area

Why reinvent the wheel? This area includes ideas and developments from partnerships. Send yours in too!

The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.

All of the resources developed during the programme will be available here until further notice.

Partnerships Sharing Area

We are members of one Diocesan family accompanying each other on the same journey of renewal. As we move forward together we have the opportunity not only to develop our own partnerships but to contribute ideas and approaches that might be helpful to those in other areas too.

This section contains various ideas and approaches that we get to hear about from partnerships. However, we can only get to hear about them if you tell us, so please provide us with anything you feel might be suitable.

Continue to share your ideas and approaches through one of the following contacts:

Cleveland and South Durham: Andrew Gillingham

Newcastle and North Tyneside: Amy Cameron

Northumberland: Fiona Standfield

South Tyneside and Gateshead: Jeff Ledger

Sunderland and East Durham: Katherine Nugent

Latest Items:

Escomb Partnership – Day of Recollection

Escomb Partnership held a day of recollection based entirely on the Partnership Prayer. It was led by Fr. Dennis Tindall and held in St. John's School, Bishop Auckland and 50 people attended.

The point behind the day was that many people, given the text of a prayer (and some of our parishes say the prayer publicly at Mass each day) will say it without exploring and savouring the content. This is not helpful. We took the time to unpack what the prayer is saying and to get a better grasp of our responsibilities and our own place in the current story of the Diocese.

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June 2019

St. Mary the VIrgin, Social Activities and Outreach Group - Partnership Day

St. Mary the Virgin Partnership Social Activities & Outreach Group hosted a Partnership Day at St. Joseph’s, Blackhall. It was an opportunity to meet for a few hours to reflect, share and celebrate what we were already doing in each of our parishes and also look at how we could share ideas and create a plan together.

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May 2019

Blackfriars Partnership – Annual Day for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers

This was the Annual Day for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers for Blackfriars’ Partnership, led by Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy CSSP. The theme of the day was “Responding to the Call of Pope Francis”, looking at what is needed today to be a Missionary Disciple, in a Missionary Parish, for a Missionary Church.

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May 2019

Sharing Your Ideas

One year on from the establishment of the 18 Partnerships in our Diocese, it was felt to be timely to provide every Partnership with the opportunity to review the year. Each Partnership completed a short review and the responses make for a very rich source of information about what is going well and what are the main challenges going forward. A document has been produced as a compilation of the ideas and approaches that Partnerships offered in their responses. Entitled ‘Sharing your Ideas’, it is available here (pdf - word).



Partnership name Date Topic
Blackfriars April 2019 Partnership Progress Report
Blackfriars March 2019 Being the Prodigal Son
Blackfriars March 2019 Space for Grace – Our Call to Holiness
Jesmond St. Mary March 2019 Liturgy of Mercy Service


Partnership name Date Topic
Benedict December 2018 Celebrating Partnership
Seaton Delavel December 2018 Partnership Reflection - 18 months on
Benedict December 2018 WWI Centenary Poppy Memorial
Brinkburn November 2018 Spirituality and Art - Visio Divina
Hilda November 2018 Our Progress so far
Benedict October 2018 October Newsletter
Finchale October 2018 Bringing People Together
Ovingham October 2018 Logo, Mission Statement and Prayer
Monkwearmouth September 2018 Development Plan Progress
Jesmond, St. Mary July 2018 Sharing Their Vision
Brinkburn July 2018 First Year Reflections
Pontop July 2018 Youth Development Group
Bede July 2018 Patronal Feasts
John Ingram July 2018 Inclusive About Development Planning
Lindisfarne July 2018 Day of Reflection
Monkwearmouth July 2018 Summer (quarterly) Newsletter
Benedict July 2018 Celebration Mass
Heavenfield June 2018 Partnership Pilgrimage Masses
Hogarth June 2018 Partnership Play
Blackfriars May 2018 Partnership Vision
Blackfriars May 2018 Ministers Annual Day of Reflection
St. Mary the Virgin May 2018 Partnership Mission Statement and Prayer
Escomb May 2018 Partnership note (weekly) example
Hogarth May 2018 Day of Prayer and Reflection for Women


Partnership name Date Topic
Blackfriars Sept 2017 Partnership early planning stages
St. Mary the Virgin August 2017 Partnership early planning stages

Some Food For Thought

During our Forward Together in Hope journey we gathered from Parish Questionnaires some of the many ideas and activities that were put forward as examples that might be of interest to others. These were collated and published in June 2016 as a 20-page booklet under the title ‘Some Food for Thought’. It is made available again here (pdf - word) as a reminder of the approach and a resources that can be dipped into.