Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and PeaceDepartment for Justice and Peace

Head of Department: 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:

Download the latest edition of the Diocesan Justice & Peace Newsletter.

Articles in this newsletter include Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful God, Our Precious Planet....a Positive Response, CAFOD news Climate Change Champion and Our Common Home Campaign update, Citizens for Outreach as Mission, Common Good Training Workshop, HeartEdge, Justice and Peace Refugee Project news, Refugee and Asylum Seekers Project news, a meditation and Advent Resources.

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.

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: Marjory Knowles tel: 07929 343418  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.

Diocesan Refugee Project:

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.



Project Manager: John Dowling tel: 07427 837813

Project Worker: Helen Woodland, tel: 07452 978822 or email:


Project Contact: Rachel Wing tel: 01642 883 369


Just Change Campaign – Tyne & Wear Citizens and Citizen UK

Wednesday 7 May saw the launch of the ‘Just Change Campaign’, led by Tyne and Wear Citizens and Citizens UK to tackle school hunger and inequality. The launch sees publication of a report, a pupil-led investigation into the 65 million missing from the pockets of children on Free School Meals, followed by a national campaign to raise awareness of this issue and includes a special report by BBC News. The Diocese is supporting this campaign fully and in fact, three of our Catholic Secondary Schools, all part of the Carmel Academy Trust, are among the first schools in the country to adopt the policy being advocated.

Read more about this campaign and how you can support it here.


Events will feature here when announced.


Sorry We Missed You’, directed by Ken Loach

On Wednesday 23 October 2019, the premiere of the latest Ken Loach film, ‘Sorry We Missed You’ was held at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Set in the north–east, it is a story about those working in the ‘gig economy’ or those such as care workers working for in effect less than the minimum wage since time travelling to jobs is not included as work. The main characters are husband Ricky Turner played by Kris Hitchen, who takes a job as a van delivery driver and his wife Abbie Turner, played by Debbie Honeywood, who cares for a number of isolated vulnerable people with a variety of needs.

Fr. Chris Hughes was at the premiere and has written his own review, which you can read here.

It is on general release from November 1st and is a Certificate 15. It contains very strong language and some violence.

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.

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

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

Social and Environmental Justice Policy:

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth:

The Diocesan Board of 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’.

The policy is also available to view online with images or download to print as a booklet.

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 Marjory Knowles tel: 07929 343418 or by email.

Many thanks for all your help, prayers and support.


Justice and Peace National Site: external link

Housing Justice Site: