Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Vocations: Seminarians Training for the Priesthood


Current Seminarians in our Diocese:

The Diocese is giving each of our current seminarians an opportunity to share with you a personal summary of their journey to priesthood and this information will be updated periodically.

Luke Wilkinson

My name is Luke Wilkinson and I'm a seminarian for the Diocese nearing the end of my second year at St. Mary's College, Oscott where I am in formation for the priesthood. Prior to offering myself to the Church I trained as a secondary school religious education teacher and after having been accepted by the Diocese I spent a year in Valladolid, Spain at St. Alban's Royal English College. This year in Spain was comprised of prayer, study and most of all discernment. I was born in Gateshead and converted to Catholicism when I was thirteen. It is my ardent desire to serve the people of Hexham and Newcastle; to grow with them in love and service of the Lord.

Last update - May 2017.

Jonathon Bowes

My name is Jonathon Bowes and I've just completed my third year of formation at St. Mary's College, Oscott. Before entering formation I was a Sport Development Officer and an organist within the Teesside area. I live in Billingham and I was brought up as an Anglican before coming home to the Catholic Church in 2007. Where ever God is calling me to be, I hope I will be able to serve Him and the Church as we continue to journey in hope and in communion with each other.

Last update May 2017.