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.

13Sep 2019

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Volume IV of the Cunneen Commission Report

When first asked about the calls for a Royal Commission into the history of Child Sexual Abuse in this diocese, I said that I would welcome a public inquiry. I believed that only an investigation by c…

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03Sep 2019

Catholic Diocese's commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults reaches new heights

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults will reach new levels from today, with its existing agency Zimmerman Services upgrading…

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21Aug 2019

Progress on the region’s newest school

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is one step closer to delivering high school education in Port Stephens, with its development application for Catherine McAuley Catholic College now approved…

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21Aug 2019

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Cardinal Pell appeal outcome

In December 2018 Cardinal George Pell was convicted for the sexual abuse of two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997. It was the second trial, after the first trial’s jury failed to re…

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09Jul 2018

Brief letter to the Catholic people of the Diocese: Archbishop Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I know that you are dismayed every time there is a charge, a trial or a conviction related to the history ofchild sexual abuse in this diocese. Quite rightly your hearts go…

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03Jul 2018

Message from Bishop Bill Wright: Archbishop Wilson's criminal conviction and sentencing

Archbishop Phillip Wilson grew up in the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and was a priest of the diocese from his ordination in 1975 until his appointment as Bishop of Wollongong in 1…

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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…

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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 o…

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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 people doin…

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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…

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