Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Vocations: Deacons in Training


Diaconate currently going through Formation in our Diocese:

The Diocese is giving each of our current diaconate going through formation an opportunity to share with you a personal summary of their journey to permanent diaconate and this information will be updated periodically.

Neil Haggerstone

My name is Neil Haggerstone and I am currently in my discernment year of a 4 year Diaconate formation program. I live in Peterlee, Co Durham, with my wife and daughter, but originally come from the west of Durham. I am very humbled to be part of my ongoing formation towards the Diaconate ministry of service, providing love and support within our community. It is with God's love I hope to fulfil a life of dedicated service to our faith.

Sibby Thomas

My name is Sibby Thomas and I am in my preliminary year for the permanent Diaconate. I am a Parishioner at St. Joseph, Sunderland. I married with three children. Originally I am from India, the south part called Kerala. Currently I work as a Social Worker in adult care for a local authority. Since 2003 my whole family became actively involved in the activities of the St. Joseph parish. I am praying for my call as a deacon to serve the Diocese of Newcastle and Hexham, if it is God’s will that I should be ordained.

Profiles last updated on 25/09/20