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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Permanent Diaconate - News and Events


National Diaconal Community Conference - Tuesday 7 - Wednesday 8 November 2017

The National Conference of Diaconate Directors and Diocesan Representatives was held at Hinsley Hall on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017. Fr. Michael Campion, Director of Post Ordination Formation, was accompanied by Pat Kennedy from the Formation Team, and three of the Diocese’s Deacons; Malcolm Jackson (St. Peter’s, Low Fell), Peter Linsley (St. Cuthbert’s, New Seaham) and Martin Bell (St. Mary’s, Hexham). This two day conference brought together those responsible for the formation of deacons from across England and Wales, and the gathering was joined by Bishop McGough, the Episcopal liaison on behalf of the Bishop’s Conference.

The full notes from the conference, including the address by Bishop Marcus Stock (Diocese of Leeds), are now available and were prepared by Deacon Martin Bell, Vice-Chair of Council of Deacons, Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.


Kick Off weekend - Friday 1 - Sunday 3 September 2017

13 Trainee Deacons of the Permanent Diaconate Community and their wives, together with the Formation team met over the weekend of 1-3 Sept. New additions to the group for the four year training journey together are Sibby and Lissy Thomas of Sunderland, Jeremy and Emma Cain of Hartlepool and Neil and Leigh Haggerstone of Peterlee. Time shared included business, training, and social time to get to know each other and form a support group for the journey. Everyone agreed that it had been a well worth-while experience; they all felt they belonged and it had been a very good beginning for their year.

Pat Kennedy MPS, member of Formation Team


Ministries Mass - Friday 14 July 2017

On 14th July at St. Patrick's Church, Dipton, Bishop Séamus celebrated Mass to mark the movement of Paul Nichol from St. Patrick’s Parish, Peter Smith from Lanchester and Paddy Jackson from Leam Lane, moving from Lector to their final year of Acolyte in their training for the Permanent Diaconate. They will be ordained next year. Tony Joy, from Washington, is moving from Candidate to Lector. They were accompanied by  family, friends, Parish priests, members of the Diaconate Community, parishioners and the Formation Team.

Pat Kennedy MPS Coordinator of Studies.