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.

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06Jun 2014

More than 450 Catholic high school students to perform in DIOSOUNDS Music Showcase

On Wednesday 11 June at 6.30pm, more than 450 school students representing eleven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will take part in the annual DIOSOUNDS music festival at th…


14Apr 2014

Read Bishop Bill Wright's Easter message for 2014

“An old friend of mine used to remark, ‘If God wanted us to suffer, Jesus would have gone around making people sick’. Jesus was, of course, famous for going around relieving the sufferings of people,…


07Apr 2014

Foundation Principal appointed to St Aloysius Catholic Primary School

Bishop Bill Wright has approved the appointment of Mrs. Suzanne Fern to the role of Foundation Principal of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm.   Coming to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle…


03Apr 2014

Catholic schools secondary education survey now open

The Catholic Schools Office has today opened a survey into the secondary education in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Open to all current parents, students and staff within the Diocese, th…


28Mar 2014

Bishop Bill Wright invites community to the annual Ecumenical Way of the Cross

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, is inviting individuals and families from across the Hunter to join him on Sunday 6 April from 3pm as he leads the annual Ecumenical…


24Mar 2014

Construction commences at new Catholic primary school in Chisholm

Bishop Bill Wright of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will kick off construction and bless the site for the new St Aloysius Primary School in Chisholm this Thursday from 10.30am.   Maitland City Dep…


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.…