Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Chairperson - Pat Kennedy

by phone: 0191 243 3316

or by email.


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Healing Groups training is available:

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Hexham & Newcastle - Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Welcome to the webpage for the Diocesan Service Team for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese.

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What is the nature of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?

The grace of Charismatic Renewal has affected many lives through a personal experience of the Holy Spirit changing their lives, over the past 50 years. There are many in the Church suspicious of it and yet it witnesses to nothing we cannot find in Scripture, Vatican II and the Church teaching. This document produced by the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal in England gives a more detailed explanation of what it is about.

Do you feel called to Intercession?

We are forming a Diocesan Intercessory Group, highlighting areas of prayer for Renewal and for Diocesan needs and initiatives, which we need to intercede for. Read this document for further insight and if you would like to join this group please contact Pat Kennedy by email or tel: 0191 243 3316.

Future Events

The Gathering:

Every third Sunday of the month between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.

Being held at St. Joseph's, High Street West, Gateshead NE8 1LX.

For Prayer and Praise, Input and Healing Prayer.

Upcoming dates:

  • Sunday 17 February 2019

  • Sunday 17 March 2019

Emmanuel Day of Renewal:

“Let’s Celebrate and Give thanks for all we have received.”

Saturday 2 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm

at St. Joseph's, High Street West, Gateshead NE8 1LX

Music, praise, prayer, sharing and feedback, with input from Fr. Jeff Dodds, Deacon John Hawthorne and Ann Holmes.

To book your place, please complete this form and return to Pat Kennedy as per instructions.

Breathe, A Day of Affirmation and Blessing for Educators:

Breathe poster for Educators dayIf you are involved in Education or know anyone who is, there is a Day of Affirmation and Blessing for Educators to be held on Saturday 30 March 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm at St. Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA. This venue is approximately 5 minutes walk from Euston Station.

Speakers on the day include; David Wells, Claire Fernandes and Fr. Michael Hall.

See poster for more information or email: education@ccr.org.uk.

Tickets cost £21.55 (include booking fees) and can be booked online at eventbrite, refreshments are provided, but please bring your own packed lunch.

'Go with Greater Strength' Gathering:

Five regional 'Gatherings' have now been planned with the purpose of drawing people together from neighbouring Dioceses in an accessible location. The Gathering for the North East Region (Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam) will take place from 11.00am – 3.00pm on Saturday 11 May at Holy Rosary Church, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BZ.

The day will be hosted by members of the National Service Committee (NSC) and Network (the youth arm of the NSC) and will include praise and worship, input, ministry and social time.

The aim of the day will be to explore a renewed vision for Catholic Charismatic Renewal together. It will be a time to build each other up and encourage each other to step out and face the new, as Pope Francis calls us to do.

Please read the full invitation and we ask anyone wishing to attend to email Pat Kennedy or contact her by phone on 0191 243 3316 to register their interest. If sufficient numbers are secured a bus may be organised.


What does Pope Francis say about Seminars?

On Pentecost Sunday 2018, Pope Francis, in his Sermon in St. Peter’s said, "The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation."

"When the Spirit came upon the disciples," Pope Francis told the people in the square, "they were completely transformed; fear was replaced by courage, closure gave way to proclamation and every doubt was driven away by faith full of love."

In Rome, this summer Pope Francis told 1,000 priests to share Baptism in the Spirit with their congregations. Addressing a worldwide retreat for clergy at St. John Lateran Church, he reminded his audience of priests and bishops from 90 countries of the power of the Spirit in bringing a personal relationship with Christ.

Pope Francis said, "I ask each and all of you that as part of the current of grace of renewal of lives, that you organise seminars of 'Life in the Spirit' in your parishes and seminaries, schools and in neighbourhoods to share Baptism in the Spirit.

"They are catechesis and it is catechesis that produces, by the work of the Holy Spirit, the personal encounter with Jesus who changes our life."


The following seminars for January to February 2019 will take place at St. Hilda's Diocesan Pastoral Centre, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PY between 7.00pm and 8.30pm with Fr. Mick Whalen and Pat Kennedy:

    Come Now is the Time

  • January 31: Baptised, healed, forgiven in the name of Jesus

Please make your bookings by email to Pat Kennedy.

Following these seminars, a new prayer group, 'The Watch Tower' will commence at the end of February. Read more about it on our local events page.


Emmanuel; God is with Us as We Listen

On Saturday 10 November in St. Joseph’s Hall, Gateshead over 50 people from 'Emmanuel' the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Community (CCC) met for the second time this year. This was a follow-up to the Day held On Saturday 24 March at St. Mary’s School, Longbenton, that was facilitated by David Wells.

We gathered once again with Bishop Séamus, we came to listen and to discern further where the Lord is leading us. We looked at where Renewal stands in the Church, Diocese, Partnerships and Parishes? Is it a collection of closed groups who do not gather, or are we a community of believers, 'Emmanuel, God is with us', bringing life to the Church to ourselves, along with others?

Pat Kennedy reminded us of the importance of story. My story; who I am and who I am to God. Who I am in my family friendships, community, work and Church, local and worldwide. We all have history and beginnings and when we lose the story we lose who we are in the midst of it all. I remember the story and in doing so I remember myself into it, own it, move with it and commit myself to add to the story. My life, one drop of water, moves an entire ocean.

That’s the effect of my/our life on the world, if I/we contribute.

This was followed by one of our main speakers, Fr. Sean Hall who spoke on Pope Francis document 'Gaudete et Exsultate', the call of all to Holiness in today’s world. This enlightening, challenging and very clear presentation highlighted the call to all to discover their Mission and accept the fact that they are Holy by pure Gift of God; a gift, which as Francis continually reminds us, “World and the Devil, will want to dissuade us from believing". He emphasised the need of the Gifts of the Spirit; prayer, wisdom and the essential discernment of our individual task and journey.

Each Saint is a Mission, planned by the Father to reflect and embody, at a specific moment in history, a certain aspect of the Gospel." (Chapter 1 Section 19)

(l - r) Amy Cameron, Fr. Sean Hall and Fr. Chris Thomas.

Our second speaker was Fr. Chris Thomas who took us on a personal journey and reflection; asking where is God in my life, how personal is God to me? How far do I risk finding who I am and how precious I am in God’s plan, rather than playing safe and sticking to rules and regulations?

Amy Cameron then spoke to us about what is happening in our Parishes, Partnerships, and the Diocese as a whole. She gathered up all that had been said into how we could own this, own who I am, called gifted and sent to be part of the whole and to bring the gifts we have as Catholics, Christians, and members of Renewal to contribute to the family of the Church, communities and partnerships to which we belong.

Renewal is part of the Church, and part of our Spirituality is praise worship, relationship with God, prayer and Love of the Word of God in the Scriptures and all of this contributes to the power of intercessory prayer; that is praying into the mind of God, to bring about his plans, his dreams, moving forward from the beginning of time into the future as the plan unfolds. We pray for it to bear fruit and to be free of obstacles.

Throughout the day after each input we went into buzz-groups and again finally at the end of the day we submitted our dream of ways forward. Pat Kennedy invited everyone to join together as one family journeying together.

We have the choice to come or not in our God-given freedom. One way of being involved is through the powerful gift of intercessory prayer, praying into God’s mind that His will be done and his plans and dream for us come about unhindered. Twenty-six people signed up to form a group which could be informed and contacted for prayer for Renewal as well as Diocesan initiatives.

The Service Team will be looking at the dream and suggestions over the coming weeks and planning a path forward in response for the new year.

Pat Kennedy, Chair of Diocesan Charismatic Renewal

Is Renewal a fringe group or a central part of the Church?

On Saturday 24 March around 80 members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and some from other dioceses in the north, gathered at St. Mary’s School, Longbenton in the presence of Bishop Séamus, Frs. Dodds and Whalen and Amy Cameron, to address this question. The day was facilitated by David Wells.

We looked at where Renewal stands in church, diocese, partnerships and parishes? Is it a group of closed groups who do not gather, or is it a community of believers, 'Emmanuel, God is with us', bringing life to the church along with others?

In the opening introduction Pat Kennedy, chair of CCR, reminded us of the story of how CCR began. Story is important, it helps us to remember and to remind ourselves to belong; whether through the bible journey, to groups, family or church. Who am I in all of this and what do I bring to the story?

The last four Popes since Vatican II have affirmed the contribution of Renewal; Paul VI said we are a ‘chance’ for the church, St. John Paul II said we were an example and witness of the life and fruits of the Spirit coming alive in the church. Benedict called all movements to meet with him in Rome and Pope Francis repeated this in 2017; he says it is a current of grace for the church. He says that the gifts/charisms are not an option and we are to work together with the church/pastors to be 'in harmony and mission, we are accountable.’

Francis asks us if we are still moving after our first grace, baptism in the Spirit, or are we static? Are we taking risks, coming together to witness, or remaining isolated? Am I moving and allowing the miracles God is doing in me to allow me to fly?

Renewal brings a distinctive type of prayer and worship and some in the church view us with suspicion, but all are called to maturity to witness what we have received. St. Irenaeus tells us that the Glory of God is people fully alive in Christ.

We are all on a mission, as Walking Together in Hope in our Diocese has reminded us.

The time of prayer in the leadership team of Diocesan Service Team, prior to this meeting, called us to be ‘Emmanuel’, a sign that God is with us. We were told in Kings 18 we are rebuilding the altar with new stones. God calls us through Jeremiah 40:4-5 to allow our hands to be unchained, to follow Him, it is our choice.

David Wells asked us how the tension between charisms (breath of the Spirit) we are gifted with and our unity with the wider body of the church is experienced? He reminded us that St. Paul, in Acts 17:23, tells us God has made everything and is in everything and calls us to find Him in all that is around us. He does not live in what we make, He is the creator and it is in Him that we all move and exist and have our being. We all different all gifted in different ways and we are called to love all cooperate with all and be one as christians and church.

His challenge to us was, are we doing this? Are we a fringe group of an active part of the church, how are we contributing, are we willing to contribute, in groups, Renewal gatherings, parishes and partnerships and if not what is preventing me? Is it about you for me and me for you or me and my group alone?

Amy Cameron shared that she felt that Renewal was like the bulbs planted in preparation for their time to blossom. They wait patiently, through all kinds of weather, for Spring-time. She felt that before this time Renewal had done its groundwork often not easy, but we have tilled the soil, the ground is ready, now it is time to blossom. We need to work together as a Diocese, using our gifts of wisdom and discernment, taking the courage to step forward and to intercede into the mind of God for His will not ours.

The day consisted of song, prayer, group chat, sharing, listening to God’s Word for us and reflecting on the dream of where we could go together. How could we work alongside youth?

All of this was expertly facilitated by David and the day ended with great enthusiasm for more meetings like this, a willingness to make more effort to take the opportunities offered to meet together, to support each other and to come out of the shadow into the light.

Fr Sean Conaty - CDs:

Fr. Sean Conaty was known to many for his involvement in the Deliverance and Healing Ministry. He was also much sought after speaker on areas of Faith, Spirituality, Renewal Scripture as well as healing, throughout the British Isles as well as Germany, Spain and Gibraltar. Born in Cavan in Ireland he came to Hexham and Newcastle Diocese as a young priest, he then served in the Missions in South America, before returning once again to the Diocese to serve in Parish Ministry. After a long illness he died in August 2011.

Fr. Sean was widely read and always spoke within the realms of daily life, where he himself was aware of God’s presence and encouraged others to find the same blessing.
Since then we have had enquiries as to whether we had any of his recorded talks on CD.

One of our DST, Paul Copeland, felt that he was called to transfer those many talks we had on Tape onto CDs. Paul has listened to them all to monitor the quality of each recording. He has now produced a list of 62 CDs. and continues to pursue his ministry. He told me that it has been a privilege to edit the recordings and to listen to so many hours of sincere Christian witness from a friend who lived out everything he taught, with faithfulness, compassion and wisdom.

List of recordings

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Other information:

Service Team

The local Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan Service Team serves Renewal in the Diocese by providing a structure of communication, information and resourcing.

The Team arranges:

  • Days of Renewal
  • Diocesan Healing Services
  • A quarterly local newsletter
  • Life in the Spirit Seminars
  • Information on local Prayer Groups


Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR in England and Wales) - GoodNews:

Magazine - about GoodNews and how to subscribe.

Articles - archived extracts of GoodNews articles.

Charismatic Prayer Groups in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese

Details of Charismatic Prayer Groups in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese
(update November 2018).