Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Priestly Vocations Contacts

L – R: Fr. Shaun Purdy and Fr. John Bagnall

Diocesan Director of Priestly Vocations

Fr. John Bagnall

St. Patrick’s Presbytery, Victoria Road, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 5AX.

Tel: 01207 502196


General enquiries email:

Fr. John is Director of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese. His work involves promoting priestly vocations working together with individuals who have declared an interest to train as a priest, helping and supporting them through the process of application and interviews. He will continue to support the candidate through seminary and to the point of Ordination.

Diocesan Promoters of Vocations to the Priesthood:

Fr. Shaun Purdy

St. Aidan’s Presbytery, Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 8AD

Tel: 01670 812200.


Fr. Shaun is promoter of vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese. Along with Fr. John he will liaise with schools, universities, the YMT and parishes in providing opportunities for interested individuals to come together for support, prayer, social interaction, reflection and discernment.