Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

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Department for Communications - Press Statements


Press statements will be published here as they become available.


Monday 4 February 2019 - New Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Byrne will be the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

Bishop Séamus has therefore been appointed as Apostolic Administrator, by Pope Francis, until Bishop Robert’s installation on 25th March 2019.

Please see full statement attached.

Department for Communication contacts:

Head of the Diocesan Department of Communications and Press Officer: Mgr. Andrew Faley

Tel: 07971 875902 or email:


Diocesan Web Manager: Paul Nugent

Tel: 0191 243 3310 or email: