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: 

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 D…


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…