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: 

11Jan 2023

A statement from our Diocesan Administrator about the death of Cardinal George Pell

It is with sadness that I have been informed today of the death of Cardinal George Pell. The Cardinal had undergone hip surgery in Rome and died due to heart complications post-surgery. Cardinal Pell…


31Dec 2022

Church in Australia mourns death of Pope Benedict XVI

A Requiem Mass for the Repose of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be hosted in St Peter’s Square on Thursday 5 January from 7.30pm AEDT. It will be presided over by Pope Francis. You can watch a livest…


22Nov 2022

New appointment - Head of Catholic Schools

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Lemos as Head of Catholic Schools. Mr Lemos has more than 30 years of local and international experience…


24Oct 2022

Catholic Schools administration changes to better support schools

Following a period of consultation, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle announced a new organisational structure for its Catholic Schools administration, with the aim to better support schools…


29Aug 2022

Catholic Schools Office changes to better support local schools

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle today announced the outcomes of a review of its Catholic Schools Office (CSO); the CSO is the agency of the Diocese responsible for the leadership, operation…


27Jul 2022

Retirement of Mr Gerard Mowbray, Director of Catholic Schools, Maitland-Newcastle

After 46 years with the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Gerard Mowbray will retire as Director of Catholic Schools in December 2022. Sean Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer of the Diocese, has thanked r…


27May 2022

CTARS data breach

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning (‘CatholicCare’) has been impacted by a cyberattack on CTARS, the provider used by CatholicCare to store information, including contact and personal details…


19Nov 2021

Diocese appoints Administrator

Following the death of Bishop Bill Wright, Fr Greg Barker has been appointed the Diocesan Administrator. Fr Greg was appointed by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s College of Consultors, t…


13Nov 2021

Death of Bishop Bill Wright

Bishop William (Bill) Wright died today, Saturday 13 November, in Maitland Hospital having succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 69.  Bishop Bill announced his ill health and confirmed he had submit…


16Sep 2021

A message from Bishop Bill Wright on his health and ministry

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recent times have involved many difficulties for people in our region and across New South Wales and beyond.  In such times, it is the duty of a bishop to be pres…