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: 

02Mar 2015

Give Us a Sign Project Speaks Out on Asylum Seekers

A network of Christian churches is speaking with one voice this Lent, calling for compassion of asylum seekers through the Give us a Sign project.   The Give us a Sign project seeks to engage churches…


23Feb 2015

Truth, Justice and Healing Council CEO to hold information sessions in diocese

On Wednesday 25th February, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council – Francis Sullivan will hold two information sessions for people of the diocese and local community to discuss issues related…


11Feb 2015

Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to expand Newcastle West site

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has purchased the Parry Street buildings adjacent to the current diocesan offices in Newcastle West, which were recently the subject of a Public Expression o…


30Jan 2015

Bishop Bill Wright on release of consultation paper on redress

Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its consultation paper on options for redress and possible reforms to civil litigation for victims of child sexua…


24Jan 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the sentencing of John Denham

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle continues to be saddened by the terrible harm that John Denham inflicted on so many innocent lives.   The Diocese continues to demonstrate its commitment to…


13Jan 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on after effects of child sexual abuse

This morning The Newcastle Herald ran several articles proposing to establish a connection between the incidence of suicide and child sexual abuse.   The questions posed by Bob O’Toole are important a…


25Dec 2014

Local community shows its faith in numbers over the Christmas season

The local community has come together once again to celebrate the festive season, attending Masses across the Diocese on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   Vice Chancellor of Pastoral Ministries,…


18Dec 2014

Local Catholic schools among the top in the region for HSC results

184 students from the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Secondary Schools have featured in this year’s Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) distinguished achievers list, each scoring…


16Dec 2014

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on Sydney hostage situation

As we began our day today, we were greeted with the news that while the hostage situation in Sydney's Martin Place has been resolved early this morning, sadly two innocent people have lost their lives…


15Dec 2014

Bishop Bill to deliver Christmas message at Kurri Kurri this week

To mark the advent season and in preparation for the Christmas break, Bishop Bill Wright will be delivering his Christmas message to students and parishioners at Holy Spirit Primary School, Kurri Kurr…