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.

20Nov 2012

Holy Relic of St Francis coming to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

A treasured holy relic of St Francis Xavier, often called the greatest missionary after St Paul, will arrive at Sacred Heart Cathedral Hamilton at 11.30am Friday 23 November before making its way to S…

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13Nov 2012

Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

The following is a statement released by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on Monday 12 November 2012   The President and Permanent Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, on…

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12Nov 2012

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright Re: Fr Terry Sylvester

As Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, I have been asked to comment on matters surrounding a historic complaint of sexual harassment by Fr Terry Sylvester, a deceased priest of this diocese, against another…

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09Nov 2012

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright Re: Allegations made by Peter Fox in the Newcastle Herald

Last Thursday, November 8, 2012, The Newcastle Herald published an article entitled "Top cop attacks church - Detective's letter alleges sex abuse cover-up". The Herald also printed an open letter to…

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18Oct 2012

British Child Migrant 60th Reunion

This Sunday 21 October, almost half of the 31 child migrants who arrived at Mayfield's Murray Dwyer Orphanage in 1952, will unite for their 60th reunion at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton for Mass be…

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13Sep 2012

Invitation to attend a public meeting

"The Honourable David Shoebridge, MLC issued an invitation for Bishop Wright or a representative of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, to attend and speak at a public meeting scheduled for Sunday 16 S…

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05Sep 2012

National Child Protection Week

Hundreds of white balloons will be displayed across 55 Catholic schools, Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's head office this Thursday, to raise awareness of National Child…

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14Aug 2012

New 570 seat theatre opens to showcase ASPIRE

The show must go on! From devastating fire to 'Factory' fireworks - St Pius X High School, Adamstown opens 570 seat theatre to showcase the inaugural ASPIRE performance. A 570 seat theatre, believed t…

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06Aug 2012

Launch of a new cyber-safety website

A brand new cyber safety website for parents and their children is being launched by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's Catholic Schools Office (CSO) this week, to ensure parents are well informed wh…

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26Jul 2012

A response to calls for a Royal Commission

"There have been growing calls for a Royal Commission into the church's handling of sexual assault matters. I am broadly supportive of public inquiries into these matters. The Wood Royal Commission in…

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