Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Vicariate for Care of The Clergy – Contacts

Episcopal Vicar: Rev. Jeffrey Dodds

Address: English Martyrs and Ss. Peter & Paul Presbytery, Redhill Road, Stockton–on–Tees TS19 9BY.

Tel: 01642 806469



Vocation for Priests:

Vocations Director for Priests: Rev. Christopher Warren

Address: St. Mary’s Presbytery, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB.

Tel: 01434 603119


General enquiries email:


Promoter of Vocations for Priests:

Rev. Shaun Purdy

Address: St. Aidan’s Presbytery, Station Road, Ashington NE63 8AD.

Tel: 01670 812200


Rev. David Smith

Address: Our Lady and St. Columba, Carville Road, Wallsend NE28 6RJ.

Tel: 0191 262 3882




Priests On–going Formation Team:

Director: Rev. Shaun O’Neill

Address: St. Teresa’s Presbytery, Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5HN.

Tel: 0191 265 5290



Formation team: Rev. John Bagnall, Rev. Andrew Downie, Rev. Michael Humble, Rev. Martin Morris, Rev. Shaun Purdy.


Sick and Retired Priests:


Chair: Rev. Jeffrey Dodds

Tel: 01642 806469

Members: Rev. Ian Jackson, Rev. Harry O’Reilly, Rev. Seamus O’Kane, Rev. David Smith, Mrs. Fiona Standfield, Miss Naomi Rooke

Secretary: Miss Lynne Matthews


Care of Sick and Retired Priests:

Social Worker: Naomi Rooke

Tel: 0191 228 0111 or mob: 07833 169755


Rev. David Smith

Tel. 0191 262 3882


Permanent Diaconate Formation Team:

Director of Formation: Rev. Mark Millward

Address: Our Lady Queen of Peace Presbytery, Station Road, Penshaw, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 7JZ.

Tel: 0191 416 3583



Academic Lead: Rev. Deacon Vincent Purcell



Spirituality Lead: Rev. Simon Weymes.


Members: Rev. Mark Millward, Rev. Deacon Vincent Purcell, Rev. Deacon Shaun McGee, Rev. Simon Weymes.


Promoter of Vocations for Deacons: Rev. Deacon Shaun McGee


Tel: 07483 284206


Deacons On-going Formation:

Director: Rev. Deacon Martin Bell

Tel: 07936 154024



Members: Rev. Deacon David Collins, Rev. Deacon Peter Linsley, Rev. Deacon Stephen Boulter, Rev. Deacon Paul Nichol, Rev. Deacon Peter Smith.


Care of Sick and Retired Deacons:

Director: Rev. Deacon Peter Linsley

Tel: 0191 581 4451