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 Development Fund.

Please direct any media enquiries or requests for interviews to the Communications Team on 0419 263 901.

26Sep 2017

Message from Bishop Bill Wright - Lina's Project

As Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, I have listened to people’s agonising stories of how they were abused as children by clergy, religious, teachers and others in the church. For those children, their ab…


26Sep 2017

Message from Michael Slattery, Director of Schools - Lina's Project

‘As a community, we have all been affected by the insidious horror of child sexual abuse, and I apologise to the whole community across the Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions. We will continue in…


31Jul 2017

Orange Sky to officially launch mobile laundry van in Newcastle this Thursday

Orange Sky will launch a mobile laundry van in the Newcastle region on Thursday in partnership with the Development and Relief Agency (DARA). Providing free washing and drying for p…


27Jul 2017

One person’s junk is another’s treasure … CONDA-winner ASPIRE presents this year’s musical spectacular, The Hoarders Next Door

A talented collection of 130 actors, dancers, vocalists and musicians from primary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will perform in Artistic Director Anna Kerrigan’s latest w…


17Jul 2017

CatholicCare and WEA join forces for youth outcomes

Helping young people get a job and establish their own independence is behind a partnership between CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning and WEA Hunter. CatholicCare is working with the team…


29Jun 2017

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on Cardinal George Pell

'This morning we learned the news that Victoria Police have charged Cardinal George Pell with historical sex offences. As a community, we must allow the judicial system to do its job, promote due proc…


06Jun 2017

Catholic secondary students to celebrate stage and screen in this week's musical showcase

In its eleventh year, over 500 students from the 11 secondary Catholic schools across the Hunter, will take to the Civic Theatre stage this Thursday for the annual diocesan musical showcase, Diosounds…


01Jun 2017

Taree Community Kitchen welcomes local St Clare's students each week

Following it's opening in late 2016, the CatholicCare Taree Community Kitchen has continued to provide fresh home cooked meals five days a week to the people of the local community. Now, in partnersh…


22May 2017

Over 400 school leaders to gather in Hunter Valley this week to “Encounter New Horizons”

Catholic school principals from across NSW and will come together this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (24 – 26 May) at the Crowne Plaza in Pokolbin for the 2017 Association of Catholic School Principa…


19May 2017

Maitland Catholic schools honour 100 year anniversary of Les Darcy's death

On Wednesday, 24 May, 400 Catholic primary school students from across the Maitland region will gather for a special sporting gala day at Maitland Park to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the d…