Press releases and statements

The latest statements and media releases from the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are listed below including those from the Catholic Schools Office, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning and the Catholic Community Fund.

Please direct any media enquiries or requests for interviews to the Communications Team via email: 

17May 2024

Catherine McAuley Primary School to open in Medowie

A new primary school is one step closer for the Port Stephens region, with Medowie’s Catherine McAuley Primary School officially on the way. Scheduled to open in 2026, the primary school will cater t…


02Apr 2024

Update regarding All Saints' College Maitland

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle can confirm that the individual who was placed on Administrative Leave for misconduct has since been charged by NSW Police in relation to their actions with a person…


15Mar 2024

Statement for the All Saints’ College Maitland school community

Two members of teaching staff at the senior campus of All Saints’ College Maitland have been placed on Administrative Leave whilst allegations of two serious misconduct matters are investigated. Scho…


29Feb 2024

Letter from Bishop Michael Kennedy: publication of the ACSL report

To the People of the Diocese Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Re: Outcomes of the Safeguarding Audit of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle As you may know, late in 2023 our Diocese was the subje…


28Feb 2024

Safeguarding audit report for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

A rigorous safeguarding audit of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has assessed a 98 per cent compliance with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) according to the audit report…


24Nov 2023

A Message from Bishop Michael to the People of the Diocese

Please CLICK HERE to read the letter from Most Reverend Michael Kennedy - Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle


06Jun 2023

Statement regarding Catholic Church Insurance ‘run-off’

Following the recent announcement by Catholic Church Insurance, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle affirms its support of the joint statement provided from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Pr…


29May 2023

Statement in response to claims of delays in historical abuse settlements

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has endeavoured to provide a just and equitable response for survivors of abuse for many years and requires any survivors who wish to seek compensation from…


17Mar 2023

Bishop Michael Kennedy installed as Ninth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle

Bishop Michael Kennedy will today, Friday 17 March, officially take up his role as the Ninth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle in a Liturgical Reception at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. On the Solemni…


02Feb 2023

Pope Francis names new Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Michael Kennedy, currently the Bishop of Armidale, as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.  Pope Francis made the official announcement at noon i…