Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


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Refugee Project

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Catholic Social Teaching:

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

Chair of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council

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

tel: 0191 257 5801 or email:

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council is elected at the AGM each year from members of existing J & P groups.

The AGM was last held on Saturday 13 May 2017 at St. Joseph's Centre, Gateshead.

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 deaneries 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:

Groups Contact Officer: Liz Archibald
tel: 07910 578310 or email:

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.


MIND! The Gap

Members of both YCW and Impact groups have expressed their deep concerns about the current help available to young people with mental health problems as well as the stigma attached to mental health problems specifically in schools and colleges and work places.

Because of this concern the YCW is carrying out a National Action Campaign on mental health among young people. The first stage we want to look at this issue much more deeply and find out the opinions and experiences of our friends and colleagues.

To participate in the the survey please follow the instructions found in this link. To read more about the campaign this resource has been produced and you can find additional information through the YCW campaign pages of their website.


National Justice and Peace Network Conference

July 20 - 22 2018 at Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derby

This year's conference will be organised by the National Justice and Peace Network in partnership with Housing Justice, Church Action on Poverty and the Prison Advice and Care Trust and will explore the meaning of ‘home’ in the context of being a church of the poor.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Justice and Peace issues and share information and expertise with Justice and Peace activists from across the country....all in a beautiful setting with excellent facilities.

We may be able to organise transport from the diocesan area if enough people are interested.

More information can be accessed on the NJPN webpage. Further details available from Liz Archibald - email or telephone 07910 578310.

Latest News:

New Project Worker for the Diocesan Refugee Project in Newcastle.

The Justice and Peace department are delighted to announce that Leah Stephenson has been appointed for the new position of Project Worker for the Refugee Project in Newcastle. The panel was very impressed with Leah's enthusiasm, experience and insights for the role. Leah will take up her new role on January 15 2018.

John Dowling will continue be the 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.


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

At a recent meeting of the Diocesan Directors, it was agreed that the Diocese would become a Stategic Partner to Tyne and Wear Citizens for the next three years, giving £10k a year to contribute to the costs of employing a community organiser. Tyne and Wear Citizens is a broad based community organising organisation, which seeks to develop civic society and bring about social change.

Read more about our Strategic Partnership with Tyne & Wear Citizens, its current campaigns and upcoming events.

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 email:


Justice and Peace National Site: external link


New Project Worker Appointed.

Leah Stephenson has been appointed for the new position of Project Worker for the Refugee Project in Newcastle.

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

Read more about our Strategic Partnership with Tyne & Wear Citizens and its current campaigns.

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