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: 

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 offic…


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…


25Nov 2013

All aboard for Tim Fischer's book launch

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to announce that Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer AC, will visit the Hunter this Thursday 28 November to launch his latest book, Holy See…


08Nov 2013

A letter to our valued CDF members

As you know, the Catholic Development Fund operates to support the charitable, religious, pastoral and educational works of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The CDF is not a b…


30Oct 2013

CatholicCare Social Services secures a bright future in Taree

This Friday, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning will officially open a brand new office at Taree that will be a hub of support for people in the Greater Taree, Great Lakes and Gloucester regi…


18Oct 2013

A message from Bishop Bill Wright re: fires in the Hunter region

My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by fires across NSW over the last few days.    It is with much sadness that I have learned this morning from NSW Police of the death o…