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.