Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


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For more information and instructions how to express an interest in this study group, please read the Training section below.

Justice and PeaceDepartment for
Justice and Peace

Fr. Chris Hughes
St. Joseph, Wallsend Road, Chirton, North Shields NE29 7AA

tel: 0191 257 5801 or email:

Liz Archibald, Chair of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council. Tel: 07910 578310 or email:


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council is elected at the AGM each year from people active in Justice and Peace work across the Diocese.

The Mass for Justice, Peace and the Celebration of Creation will be held on Saturday 11 May 2019 from 10.00am at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle. This is jointly organised by the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council and CAFOD. The principal celebrant will be Mgr. Andrew Faley and the Homily read by Fr. Chris Hughes. All are welcome!

Following Mass, the AGM and Day Conference will be held from 11.00am to 3.15pm at the Mercy Hub, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.

Speakers include:

Fr. Chris Hughes, Head of the Diocesan Department for Justice and Peace, who will be sharing with us the Diocesan Social and Environmental Justice Policy, 'Hearing the Cries of the Earth and the Poor'.

Joe Kirwin, co-ordinator of the Mercy Hub, who will be sharing his hopes and plans for the Mercy Project.

Sarah Croft, CAFOD campaigns team, who will be explaining their new climate change campaign, 'Our Common Home'.

There will also be a short business meeting, where up to date reports from the Co-ordinating Council will be shared, followed by election of members to the council for the next year.

Please bring your own packed lunch (the cathedral cafe will also be open). All welcome!

We exist to encourage commitment to action for Justice and Peace in light of the Gospel message and teaching of the Catholic Church.

Our main objective is to foster the growth of this work within parishes and partnerships and to encourage the use of the four stages of the Pastoral Cycle i.e. Study/Experience, Analysis, Prayer/Spiritual Reflection and Action.

Please contact us if you require help.


J & P Contact Email:

J & P Donations Gift Aid Contact and Treasurer: Mrs Pat Conway tel: 0191 386 8216  email:

NB. If you would like to set-up a regular donation, please download, complete and return the forms at the base of this page.

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project currently operates from Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Centre, 2 Summerhill Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EE.

Hours of opening are 11.00am - 2.00pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Diocesan Refugee Project:



Project Manager: John Dowling tel: 07427 838813

Project Worker: Leah Stephenson



Project Contact: Rachel Wing tel: 01642 883 369


Mayoral Assembly for the North of Tyne Combined Authority

Tyne and Wear Citizens, of which the Diocese is a strategic partner, is preparing for an accountable Assembly of the candidates of the election of the ‘North of Tyne Mayor’ on Thursday 2 May, which will cover Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside. This event is taking place on Tuesday 30 April at 6.30pm at the Tyne Opera House on the Westgate Road, Newcastle. There have been commitments from the Labour and Liberal Democrat Candidates to be present. Once the Conservative Party have announced their candidate, it will be asked if their candidate is willing to take part. The ‘asks’ will include issues from the three campaigns the alliance is running on mental health, food poverty and safer cities.

To take part you need to register online at eventbrite.

For more information contact Fr. Chris Hughes by email or on 0191 257 5801.


New Project Worker for the Diocesan Refugee Project in Newcastle.

John Dowling continues as Project Manager on a voluntary basis. He hopes that with Leah's appointment, he will have the time and opportunity to develop relationships with other refugee support groups in the north-east. The department would like to thank John for the dedication, wisdom, and committment he has shown since he became Project Manager in October 2016 and for securing the necessary funding for this new role.


Tyne and Wear Citizens.

For all the latest news and details of upcoming events please take a look at our Tyne and Wear Citizens page.

Social and Environmental Justice Policy:

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth:

Earlier this year, the Diocesan Directors approved a policy for Social and Envionmental Justice within the Diocese.

The policy was drafted by the Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council with valuable advice from the staff at the Centre for Catholic Studies and Salford Caritas. This policy is a response to Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical 'Laudato Si' with his call for an 'Integral Ecology', where in seeking the Common Good for the whole of God's creation, Pope Francis challenges us to hear and respond both to the cries of the earth and the poor. The policy, called 'Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth', outlines activites we can undertake as part of our communal response in parishes. The policy also highlights our own personal responsibilities in sustaining the Common Good, the dignity of the human person and what Pope Francis states in his undertanding of the earth's ecology, 'Our Common Home'.

Please contact the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council if you have any queries about this.


Catholic Social Teaching:

The purpose of the recently formed Northern Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Study Group is to learn what the Church has to say about our world and how we live together. Catholic Social Teaching addresses the big issues confronting us – work, the environment, family life, poverty, justice - and in the words of Pope John Paul II, provides us with,

a basis and motivation for action”.

The Group studies CST using the Virtual Plater CST Gateway. Although it is a study group, the emphasis is on the practical application of CST.

It has its own forum. To join the Group or to find out more, visit the forum or contact Louise Harrison on 07532 309745.


Donations for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Justice and Peace Refugee Project and Destitute Asylum Fund are most welcome. Regular donations by standing order can be made by completing the mandate and returning it to you bank.

Taxpayers can also complete the gift aid declaration and send to Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project, Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Centre, 2 Summerhill Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EE or direct to the Diocesan gift aid organiser.

Both forms can be printed from the link below or obtained from Pat Conway tel: 0191 386 8216 or by email.

Many thanks for all your help, prayers and support.


Justice and Peace National Site: external link


40th NJPN Conference

“Justice is not high enough up the political agenda” a Catholic MP told the annual gathering of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales. Read the full report here.

Mass for Justice and Peace

Photo Gallery now available for the Mass for Justice & Peace held on Saturday 28 April at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Diocese has become a Strategic Partner of Tyne and Wear Citizens.

Read more about all the latest news and details of upcoming events across the North East.

A Diocesan Social and Environmental Justice policy has been approved by the Diocesan Board. For more information and the policy document, please read the policy section below.

Laudato Si: The American Bishops have issued a good discussion guide on the document

Past Events

Young Christian Worker’s input Social Teaching within the Local Community


Sharing Fair's visit to Thailand - Sept 2014