Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham



Archive News


Permanent Diaconate Mass

On Saturday 18th July the Annual Mass for deacons and their families took place in St Mary's Cathedral. See photos and listen to homily by Fr Michael Campion, Director of Deacons.



NEW Prayer Walk added - Berwick

See the latest in the Spirituality series: Prayer Walks around the Diocese - Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Walls




Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

On Saturday 11 July at St. Joseph's Centre Gateshead a Day of Reflection took place.




Martyrs of the Diocese

24th July is the Feast of the Martrys of the Diocese

Annual Blessed John Ingram Walk

The 43rd Annual Blessed John Ingram Walk will take place in Newcastle on Sunday 26 July



Ordination to the Priesthood

Rev John Bagnall was ordained to the priesthood recently in St Mary's Cathedral by Bishop Seamus Cunningham. See Photo Gallery



Diocesan Festival: INSPIRE 15

See photos from the Festival which took place recently


Education and Formation

The annual Education and Formation Mass took place recently.




AOS Pilgrimage to Holy Island

See photos and report of this recent pilgrimage



Permanent Diaconate Ordinations

Four new permanent deacons were ordained for our diocese recently at St Mary's Cathedral.

See photos and homily.



Sea Sunday - July 12

Sea Sunday is a day the Catholic Church prays for and remembers seafarers



Book Launch

Pauline Books and Media at St Mary's Cathedral are hosting a book launch on Wednesday 24th June at 12:45.




Fr Jack Taggart RIP

One of our retired priests, Fr Jack Taggart (84), died on the 15th June .

Funeral arrangements

Requiescat in pace.




A Man's Path to God

Go to the diocesan spirituality Facebook page to see photos and report of this excellent day.



Northern Cross

Read P1 of the June issue of the Northern Cross



Anniversary Conference at Ushaw

The Centre for Catholic Studies is delighted to be presenting The Tablet 175th Anniversary Conference on 2-4 November 2015, hosted by Ushaw College.


Deanery Day

See feedback and report from Deanery Day for Ministers and Lectors in Deanery 1



Ecumenical Pilgrimage

See photos of this inspiring ecumenical pilgrimage at Finchale priory.



Sunday June 7th: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday June 7th is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. There will be a Corpus Christi procession in honour of the Blessed Sacrament at Ushaw College



Pastoral Letter - Ascension Weekend 16th / 17th May

See letter from Bishop Seamus which was read in all churches.




Praying for Peace

The annual Diocesan Christian/Muslim Women`s event to pray for peace took place at the ruined chapel to Our Lady, Jesmond recently.



Praying the Gospels

Recently there was a Day of Reflection for women at St Hilda's Diocesan Centre. See report.


HOLY ISLAND Day of Reflection

Saturday 23 May

The love of God: a day of meditation with the help of Julian of Norwich. Join Professor Karen Kilby at this day of reflection.



Diocesan Councils

See report of recent Council of Laity meeting



Celebration of Marriage

Bishop Seamus celebrated Mass in St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday 9th May to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage.

See photos, report and homily.



Marriage and Family Life:

Download documents and see information.


Pray for peace

Joint Christian and Muslim Women`s Event
Sat, May 16


Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass

The annual Northern Cross Communicators’ Mass will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, on Saturday, May 16


Women’s Day of Reflection

"Praying the Gospels": 16th May at St Hilda’s Resource Centre


Father Lawrence Jones, RIP

The funeral of Father Lawrence Jones took place on 5th May. Listen to audio from Requiem Mass.

Diocesan Death Notice



Father Hugh McCann, RIP

Fr Hugh McCann died on 8 May, aged 76 years.

Diocesan death notice and funeral arrangements.

Requiescat in pace.



General Election:

Bishops’ of England and Wales letter


Northern Cross

The March issue of the Northern Cross is out now. Read Page 1


Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture

The Centre for Catholic Studies is hosting the Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture and Reception on 4 March at Ushaw College




'Godly Play'

A 4 day accredited training course in Godly Play is taking place at St Mary's C. of E. Church, Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay.




An Afternoon with St Paul

Sunday 25 January
St Paul's Church, Alnwick



An Afternoon with St Paul

Sunday 25 January
St Paul's Church, Alnwick




Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015, 18th to the 25th January – 'The Well is Deep'.



Diocesan Holocaust Memorial Evening 22nd January, 2015

7.00pm at St. Aidan's Catholic Academy, Willowbank Road, Sunderland, SR2 7HJ. Guest speaker is Holocaust Survivor, Mr. Arek Hersch, MBE. Details


Northern Cross

Read Page 1 January 2015



Organ Recital at Ushaw College.

First in a series of organ recitals at Ushaw College - 17 January 2015. Admission is £6.00 at the door. The chapels, café and gift shop are open from 1.00pm - 4.30pm.





Faith Based Pub Talks

Sunderland City Centre 18th January: 18 Jan - "What if Aliens Exist" Rev. Dr. David Wilkinson




PeaceSunday: 18 Jan 2015

The theme chosen by Pope Francis this year is "Slaves no more but brothers and sisters". Pax Christi have produced Liturgy and reflection materials to support parishes in celebrating the day.




Concert for Iraqi Christians In Need

There will be second piano & organ recital, this time at St. Cuthbert's RC Church North Shields on, 9th January 2015 in aid of the UK-registered charity, Iraqi Christians In Need.

See details and report of first concert.



Call to Prayer

See photos and listen to audio from the Forward Together in Hope reflection on December 2nd at St Mary's Cathedral, and at Hartlepool on 10th December.


Year to Celebrate Consecrated Life

Bishop Seamus was the Main Celebrant at a Mass to open the Year celebrating Consecrated Life recently.

See photos and listen to address by Sr Barbara Carroll and Homily by Bishop Seamus.


Ecumenical Service

Ecumenical Service celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Decree - see photos and listen to address