Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Website

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle represents the Catholic Church in a region extending from Lake Macquarie to Taree and as far inland as Merriwa and Murrurundi. A diocese is simply a community of Christ's faithful - it represents a portion of the people of God in a particular area, which is entrusted to a bishop.


In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bishop William (Bill) Wright is the pastoral leader of more than 150,000 Catholics. He is assisted by 30 priests who minister in 39 parishes within the diocese as well as 8 permanent deacons. 


Our diocese's vision is 'to hear God's people and to empower them to participate fully in Christ's mission'. We promote social justice, provide pastoral, health care, social welfare, disability services, outreach and quality educational services for the community in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and Manning areas.


We welcome all who would like to join our communities or be guided by the principles and teachings of Christ.


To reconnect with the church again and become part of your local faith community, you can find your local Catholic church by visiting the "Find a Church" page.


If you are looking to become a Catholic, find out more about the journey of spiritual conversion which will lead to initiation into a Catholic faith community by visiting the "Becoming Catholic" page. 



Latest Aurora


Aurora is the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. This award-winning publication is made available as a 24 page liftout in six Fairfax publications around the region: The Newcastle Herald, The Maitland Mercury, The Singleton Argus, The Muswellbrook Chronicle, The Manning River Times and The Scone Advocate. Aurora has a circulation of 70,000 people.

Announcing the Year of Mercy.
Keep up to date with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry.

What's On



Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Adelaide Convention Centre



Mary Immaculate Church, Tighes Hill open day

10:00 AM

Mary Immaculate Church, Tighes Hill



Carols in the Church

3:30 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary Taree



Pints With A Purpose

6:30 PM

Northern Star Hotel, Beaumont St, Hamilton



Closing Staff Mass

8:20 AM

Sacred Heart Cathedral

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  • Getting Married

    Getting Married

    Marriages are conducted at almost all of the churches in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. View our "Getting Married" guide.

  • Baptism


    Are you looking to get your child baptised into the Catholic Church? Learn more about Baptism here.

  • Funerals


    When someone close to you dies, even if it is expected, you will begin to grieve. Our aim is to assist you at this time.

  • Seasons for Growth

    Seasons for Growth

    If you need support to effectively work through change, loss and grief, find out how the Seasons for Growth program can assist you.

  • Children's Ministries

    Children's Ministries

    Learn how the Children's Ministries team supports parishes, parents and children in the important ministry of faith formation.

  • Caritas


    Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development. Learn about Caritas, Project Compassion and fundraising efforts here.

  • Catholic Mission

    Catholic Mission

    Read about the work done within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle by Catholic Mission Australia.

  • Domus Australia

    Domus Australia

    Domus Australia is an authentic Italian 32 room guest house (casa per ferie) located in a beautifully restored historic convent building in central Rome.

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