Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Vicariate for Faith & Mission


Click on the following links to take you directly to the section of interest.

  • Courses (incl. Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and Parish CCRS Catechesis Module)

  • Events (incl. Are you thinking of becoming a Catholic, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, Newly Received to the Faith online event and Children's Liturgy of the Word online event.)


Certificate in Pastoral Ministry:

Are you involved in ministry in your parish or Partnership? Maybe you are a Minister of the Eucharist, a Baptism Catechist, Children’s Liturgy Leader or Bidding Prayer Writer, or one of the many other people who keep the Church and its mission moving forward; or maybe you would like to be, but do not feel you have the skills. In any case, the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry may be just what you need.

If you would like to find out more about the certificate you can read or download the full course details now, which includes some brief testimonials from our existing students. Alternatively, watch the following short video testimonials (approximately one minute in length).

Our first graduates received their certificates on Saturday 7 December 2019. they were congratulated by Bishop Malcolm McMahon alongside their peers who had come together from across the Northern Province.

Read more about the celebration here.


Certificate in Pastoral Ministry – Video Testimonials





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Parish CCRS Catechesis Module:

You may also be interested in the Parish Catechesis module of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course. This module is designed to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. There is a fee for this course. Further information on the CCRS course (and the CCRS in general) and the CCRS booking form can be found on the CCRS web page.

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Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic?

If you would like to find a course about the Catholic Faith in our Diocese, our online RCIA course is listed below:

Registration remains open for new enquirers wishing to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme 2020–21.

See poster for details or to register, please email us.

A brief introduction to the RCIA can be found here.

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November 2020:

The Great Adventure: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

This new, free, hour–long online course starts on Monday 2 November between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. They will run across 8 sessions during November 2020 and February 2021.

See poster for full details and to register, please email us.


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December 2020:

Children's Liturgy of the Word

On Wednesday 2 December at 6.30pm an online meeting is being held for those involved with Children's Liturgy.

If you would like to take part please email us. See poster for further detail.


Newly Received to the Faith?

An open invitation to those received into the Church this year. Please register by email to join our next online meeting at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 December.

See poster for details.


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How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Email: or tel: 0191 243 3316.