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.

07Mar 2014

Hunter Catholic schools celebrate over 180 years of offering "more than a great education"

A full colour, 120 page architectural booklet celebrating the history, development and growth of the Hunter, Newcastle and Manning’s 55 Catholic Schools will be launched by Bishop Bill Wright and Dire…


27Feb 2014

Hunter community invited to the launch of Project Compassion on Shrove Tuesday

Bishop Bill Wright will launch Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal, Project Compassion at St Mary’s High School, Gateshead on Tuesday 4 March in the presence of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-N…


25Feb 2014

Bishop Bill Wright congratulates Cardinal Pell on his appointment

As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, I am proud to congratulate Cardinal Pell on his appointment, one which will see the church focus on improving the use of resources entrusted to…


19Dec 2013

Catholic Diocese announces new Church to be built in East Lake Macquarie

Bishop Bill Wright is pleased to announce that a brand new Catholic church will be built in Belmont during 2014-2015; the first church to be built in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in twenty years.…


17Dec 2013

Bishop Bill Wright to present his annual Christmas message with the help of students

The true spirit of Christmas will be on display this Wednesday as students of St Benedict’s Primary School, Edgeworth present two nativity plays for Bishop Bill Wright, parents and parishioners at 9.3…


09Dec 2013

Newcastle couple to receive highest medal of honour from Pope Francis TONIGHT

On Monday 9 December at 7pm, the highest medal that can be awarded to lay people by the Papacy, ‘Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice’, will be presented to two Newcastle volunteers, Judy and Carl Nolan, at Corp…


03Dec 2013

Catholic Diocese announces two new disability group homes and affordable housing in Mayfield

On the International Day of People with Disability, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to formally announce it will build two brand new disability group homes and an additional 22 a…


27Nov 2013

St Pius X High School to open 570 seat theatre, hairdressing salon and other building projects

A 570 seat theatre, believed to be the largest of any school in the Hunter, will be officially opened and blessed at 9am on Thursday 28 November at St Pius X High School, Adamstown.   Also to be off…


26Nov 2013

Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle announces name of school to open in 2015

The Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to formally announce that the name of its planned new school, to be built and opened in Chisholm by 2015, will be ‘St Aloysi…


26Nov 2013

Vigil Mass on eve of Opening Ceremony, Special Olympics

On the eve of Newcastle’s hosting of the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, and to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle extends an invitati…