Category Archives: Diocese

Diocesan Job Vacancy

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is looking to appoint a Director of Education. This role is crucial to the development and protection of Catholic Education within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Please visit for full details or contact them on 0191 243 3301. Closing date for applications: 22 July.

Liturgy Day for Readers and the New Lectionary

The Diocesan Liturgical Formation team are running a day for readers of all levels of experience to explore the new translation of the Lectionary on Saturday 9 November at St Augustine, Darlington, DL3 7RG This day will provide an opportunity to look at the background of the new Lectionary and to be ready to proclaim the Scriptures.

For more information and to book, please visit: You can also book by contacting Ciara in the parish office.

One year on

June 12th 2024 is the 12-month anniversary of the publication of the Catholic Standards Safeguarding Agency’s (CSSA) Report on the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. You can find a statement from the CSSA which relates to their recent follow-up Review of the Diocese, together with the diocesan statement in response, on the diocesan website.

Significance Festival

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am. The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10. All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at or Tel. 01207 592244.

A Message from Bishop Stephen

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

In order to grow as a synodal Church it is important that we all have a chance to pray and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in mission in our parishes and communities. To facilitate this, I together with others, offer an initial Diocesan vision for your prayerful reflection.

Our discerned Diocesan commitments are:
To Walk with Jesus and Enable Others to Encounter Him;
To grow as One Diocesan Family- Rebuilding Relationships;
Forming and Developing People for Mission;
Living Justly and Caring for Our Common Home.

Each of these commitments are developed in the vision. It is not my intention to impose this vision. It is offered for further reflection and I invite all of our parishes and communities to prayerfully reflect on them. We offer accompanying resources and support to enable this reflection. Please contact your parish office if you would like hard copies of these materials which are all available on the diocesan website.

With assurance of prayers, + Stephen

Conversations in the Spirit

In support of the Diocesan Vision, the Vicariate for Faith & Mission is offering workshops to assist local communities in entering into Conversations in the Spirit. These workshops are intended to model synodal methodology, increasing people’s confidence so that they can lead local meetings in this manner. The links to book are below:

Thursday 23 May: English Martyrs and St Peter and Paul, Redhill Road, Stockton-on-Tees. TS19 9BY. Time: 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

Thursday 30 May St Mary, Great Lime Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE12 7AB. Time: 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

Further dates will follow in June and July and be advertised in due course via the website:

There is a further opportunity for people to join in a Synodal conversation at Ushaw college on the 8th June 2024:

Diocesan Job Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following job vacancies;

Parish Secretary, Our Lady & St Philip, Gateshead and St Anne, Winlaton – 26 hours per week. Closing date: 21st May.

HR Administrator, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle – 15 hours per week. Closing date: 21 May.

Cleaner, St John XXIII, Washington and St Joseph, Birtley – 12 hours per week. Closing date: 21 May.

Please visit for full details or call 0191 2433301.

Diocesan Job Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following job vacancies:

Administrator, St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle – full-time. Closing date: 16 April

IT Field Engineer (two posts) Diocesan Offices, Newcastle – full-time, 9-month fixed term contract. Closing date: 21 April

Please visit  for full details or contact us on 0191 243 3301.

Summary of Listening Exercises, Result of Questionnaire and Bishop Stephen’s Response

On our diocesan website you will find all the summaries from the various listening exercises that have been running since the summer of 2023, and the results of the Questionnaire for the Dicastery of Bishops Report from March 2023. These are together with Bishop Stephen’s response to what has been presented to him. He reflects on the past, present and our future together. The documentation is necessarily lengthy – too lengthy for a pastoral letter. If you wish to have hard copies of all or parts of the suite of documents, then please contact the parish office.

Diocesan Job Vacancies

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has the following job vacancies:

HR Adviser, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle/hybrid – part-time. Closing date: 16 January

HR Administrator, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle/hybrid – part-time. Closing date 16 January

Cleaner, St Augustine, Darlington – part-time. Closing date 22 January

Cleaner, St Charles, Gosforth – part-time. Closing date 22 January

Cleaner, St Cuthbert, Durham – part-time. Closing date 18 January

Please visit  for full details or contact us on 0191 243 3301.