Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Bishop Kevin Dunn RIP

Bishop Kevin Dunn RIP

Bishop Kevin Dunn died on 1st March 2008 at the age of 57

Bishop Kevin Dunn was Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle from May 2004 until his death in March 2008.

Short Biography

Kevin Dunn was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, on July 9, 1950. He went to St Mary's Primary School then on to St Patrick's Secondary School in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He studied with the Salvatorian Fathers at Christleton Hall in Chester, and studied A Levels at Coton College in North Staffordshire.

He studied for the priesthood at Oscott College, Birmingham, and was ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady and St Werbergh's Church in Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme on January 17, 1976.

He served in St Patrick’s, Walsall, and was chaplain to Stuart Bathurst High School. He became chaplain to the Caribbean community in the Archdiocese of Birmingham from 1980 to 1987 where he lived in Aston, Birmingham (next door to Aston Villa football ground!).

For two years he was parish priest at Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains, Stoke-on-Trent. He was also chaplain to the Royal Infirmary, and chaplain to Staffordshire University.

He underwent further studies at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome and was awarded a doctorate in Canon Law in 1991.

Upon his return to England in 1991, he worked as a parish priest in St Austin's, Stafford and also lectured in Canon Law at Oscott College. During this time he became the Episcopal Vicar for religious in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

In 2001 he was also appointed full time Episcopal Vicar for the areas of Wolverhampton, Walsall, the Black Country and Worcestershire.

In 2002 he became a Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter of St Chad and a member of the Episcopal Council, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

He was ordained Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 25 May 2004 at the Cathedral Church of St Mary in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The announcement of his appointment as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle by His Holiness Pope John Paul II was made on 20th March 2004, the Feast of St Cuthbert, patron of the Diocese.  He was ordained Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 25th May 2004, the Feast of St Bede, at the Cathedral Church of St Mary in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Bishop Kevin died at 9.30pm on Saturday 1st March 2008, in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, at the age of 57, after suffering from pneumonia.  

On Tuesday 11th March 2008, the Requiem for Bishop Kevin Dunn was celebrated in St Mary's Cathedral followed by Burial in the Cathedral Crypt. The Principal Celebrant was the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly Archbishop of Liverpool. He was joined by 32 Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals and the Apostolic Nuncio, and 245 priests and deacons from Hexham and Newcastle diocese, Birmingham Diocese, and other dioceses.

Also present were Civic Leaders and representatives, MPs and representatives from other faith traditions. Ecumenical representatives included the Bishop of Durham and the Bishop of Newcastle, and representatives from many Christian Churches in the diocese.

Selection of Photos

Outside the Cathedral


World Youth Day in Koln
At the World Youth Day in Cologne


On a boat to Farne Island
In the steps of Saint Cuthbert - On a boat to the Farne Islands - 2006

Bishop Kevin with the Deacons at an ordination to the diaconate

With the Little Sisters of the Poor
At a Jubilee mass for Little Sisters of the Poor

Introducing Ecumenical leaders to the Pope
Church Leaders in Rome Pilgrimage: introducing ecumenical leaders to the Pope

With Alan Shearer
Bishop Kevin with Alan Shearer at the opening of the Alan Shearer Centre

Playing ecumenical golf
Playing Ecumenical Golf