Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and PeaceJustice and Peace Team

Head of Justice and Peace: Fr. Chris Hughes
St. Joseph, Wallsend Road, Chirton, North Shields NE29 7AA

tel: 0191 257 5801 or email:

Veronica Whitty, Chair of the Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council. Tel: 0191 263 0920.

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.

Download the latest edition of the Diocesan Justice & Peace Newsletter (Winter 2020).

NB. This newsletter contains reference to the Hexham Debate on Saturday 7 March 2020. This has had to be cancelled as the speaker, Satbir Singh, is unwell. The next Debate is to be held on Saturday 28th March, when Rupert Read will lead on Extinction Rebellion. We have been advised that this will go ahead, but if there are any changes resulting from the precautions around the coronavirus (COVID–19), they will be posted on the Hexham debates website. For more information about the 2020 Hexham Debates visit their website.

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.


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project has also had to temporarily close its doors. However, they are searching for ways to continue to help their destitute clients. NO FOOD DONATIONS CAN NOW BE RECEIVED. Many of you have supported the project financially. It is vital that this continues as they do wish to keep helping those in most need. Perhaps this could be a timely reminder to those who have set up a standing order and may not have increased your donations over the years to do so now. If you have not been able to donate yet you may do so by Bank transfer – HSBC DHN DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND Sort code: 40-34-18 Account number: 52854058.

The volunteers and management committee are truly grateful for the kind support you have offered and look forward to the day when the project can re-open. All enquiries should be directed to Helen Woodland by email: or by tel: 07452 978822.



Project Manager: John Dowling tel: 07427 837813

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


Project Contact: Rachel Wing tel: 01642 883 369

Quick links:

Click on the following quick links to jump to the section detailed.

(incl. news of latest campaigns)

(how you can donate to our refugee project)


(incl. National Justice and Peace website and Housing Justice website)


Social and Environmental Justice Policy

(incl. Catholic Social Teaching and CST Newsletter)


Just Change Campaign – Tyne & Wear Citizens and Citizen UK

Wednesday 7 May 2019 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.


Latest news will feature here when announced.

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.

To join the Group or to find out more, contact Louise Harrison on 07532 309745.

Catholic Social Teaching monthly newsletter:

Catholic Social Teaching have their own monthly newsletter bringing a variety of information from its members of how CST has helped them and examples of CST in action around the Diocese. You can read or download the latest issue (April 2020) here (pdfword).


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: