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: 

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…


11Jan 2023

A statement from our Diocesan Administrator about the death of Cardinal George Pell

It is with sadness that I have been informed today of the death of Cardinal George Pell. The Cardinal had undergone hip surgery in Rome and died due to heart complications post-surgery. Cardinal Pell…


31Dec 2022

Church in Australia mourns death of Pope Benedict XVI

A Requiem Mass for the Repose of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be hosted in St Peter’s Square on Thursday 5 January from 7.30pm AEDT. It will be presided over by Pope Francis. You can watch a livest…


22Nov 2022

New appointment - Head of Catholic Schools

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Lemos as Head of Catholic Schools. Mr Lemos has more than 30 years of local and international experience…


24Oct 2022

Catholic Schools administration changes to better support schools

Following a period of consultation, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle announced a new organisational structure for its Catholic Schools administration, with the aim to better support schools…


29Aug 2022

Catholic Schools Office changes to better support local schools

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle today announced the outcomes of a review of its Catholic Schools Office (CSO); the CSO is the agency of the Diocese responsible for the leadership, operation…