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 AGM and Mass 2019 report, the Diocesan Social and Environmental Justice Policy, CAFOD climate change petition; Climate change information evening, Whitley Bay, The Extinction Rebellion, a personal view; CAFOD Holy Island Pilgrimage and Climate Change Mass lobby of Parliament, Tyne and Wear Citizens updates; The mayoral assembly and Just Change campaign.

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: 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.

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 838813

Project Worker: t.b.a.


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.


National Refugee Week, 17 – 23 June

As part of the national refugee week we are publishing two stories of refugees in our region (NB. their names have been changed to protect their identity) highlighting how our Refugee Project support is important to them:

Story 1:

"My name is Ibrahim. I am 30 years old and I was born in Liberia. I left Liberia as a teenager because of the war. Life was dangerous and my family was scattered. Many of them fled to Guinea. I had an uncle who had some money. He smuggled me over the border to a neighbouring country and from here we flew to the UK. My uncle had a visa to a third country so he left me in Croydon to the care of social services. I initially received permission to stay but in 2007 this was revoked and since then I have been left in limbo. I have no home to which I can return and I cannot work, although I want to do so to support myself. I have no fixed address. Without the support of the refugee project, I would struggle even more than I am. The food and financial support enables me to keep my head above water and the social support that I receive there gives me dignity".

Story 2:

"My name is Nasrin. I am from Kurdistan and a Nurse. I have been in the UK for eighteen months and I am accompanied by my husband and three young children. I am waiting to be interviewed by the Home Office. We have been given a house and some support in the form of a preloaded card. But it is very little and it is a struggle to cope. We were forced from our home because my husband was taken and tortured by a terrorist gang and accused of being an informer. He was released but shortly afterwards some men tried to kidnap me. I was rescued but I was injured badly. After this we realised that we had to leave. We travelled to Turkey by bus. Then we made it to Italy by boat in a journey that took seven days. We travelled for three days by train to France where we stayed for two months. Finally, we made it to the UK in the back of a refrigerated lorry. The project supports us and the food that we receive makes a huge difference to us."


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 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

Housing Justice Site: