Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Announcement of Clergy Retirements and Appointments



The following clergy retirements have been announced:

Fr. Bill O' Gorman

Fr. Frank McCullagh

We thank them for their devoted ministry and may God bless them with good health for a long and happy retirement.


The following clergy have agreed to take up new appointments after the summer:

Fr. Stephen Watson

He will become Parish Priest of St. Paul's, Alnwick, St. Aidan's, Seahouses, St. Agnes, Rothbury and All Saints, Thropton.

Fr. Oliver Keyes CSsR

He will become Assistant Priest in the parishes of English Martyrs, Ss. Peter & Paul, St. Bede's and St. Joseph's, Stockton.

Fr. Marc Lyden–Smith

He will become Parish Priest at St. Michael's, Houghton–le–Spring and St. Mary Magdalen, Seaham Harbour

Fr. Ian Jackson

He will become Parochial Administrator of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Shotton in addition to his current parish appointments.

Fr. Christopher Hancock MHM

We welcome him to our Diocese as Parish Priest of the parishes of St. Mary's and Ss. Cecilia and Patrick, Sunderland. He will be joined later in the year by Fr. Emmanuel Nuhmbeh MHM and Fr. Philip Adebe MHM.