Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Newman Association

The Newman Association is a national organisation whose members meet regularly in local ‘circles’ to discuss and develop their understanding of the Christian faith. Most members are (Roman) Catholic, but baptised Christians of other traditions are warmly welcome as Associate Members. The Association was founded in 1942, with a formal constitution registered in 1947. The original aim was to answer the needs of Catholic graduates, but is now open to all Christians who seek to promote the aim of an educated laity. The Association takes its name from St. John Henry Newman, who “wanted a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity…” (The Present Position of Catholics in England, 1851).

We hope that by promoting a reasoned expression of our faith and stimulating ‘action for change’, we can make an important contribution to the Church.

Local Circles:

Cleveland Newman Circle:

The Cleveland Newman Circle straddles the two Dioceses; Hexham and Newcastle and Middlesbrough, ranging from the southern parishes of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese to North Yorkshire.

Meetings are held in Cathedral Hall, Middlesbrough TS8 0TW with Tea/Coffee from 7.30pm and the talk starting at 7.45pm. They usually consist of six open speaker meetings between September and April; plus any other meetings/events that may occur.


Details of events will be posted here as announced.

Tyneside Newman Circle:

The Tyneside Newman Circle meets at St. Mary's Church Hall in Cullercoats, North Shields. They hold a number of talks though the year with a varity of distinguished speakers. Talks usually start in the Church Hall at 7.30pm and are held on a Wednesday.

New members are welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend their talks and all are welcome.

Do you want to know more about 'what' the Newman Association is and why it was formed? Read this flyer to find out more about the Tyneside Newman Circle.


Details of events will be posted here as announced.

Other Local Events:


Details of events will be posted here as announced.

National website/links:

The Newman Association website can be found online here: http://www.newman.org.uk.

As well as its local Circle meetings, the Association organises national conferences and events, and produces a quarterly publication called The Newman. We are affiliated with many organisations including CAFOD, Pax Romana and the National Board for Catholic Women. Within the Association we also have Special Interest groups covering a variety of issues.