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: 

21Aug 2019

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Cardinal Pell appeal outcome

In December 2018 Cardinal George Pell was convicted for the sexual abuse of two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997. It was the second trial, after the first trial’s jury failed to re…


09Jul 2018

Brief letter to the Catholic people of the Diocese: Archbishop Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I know that you are dismayed every time there is a charge, a trial or a conviction related to the history ofchild sexual abuse in this diocese. Quite rightly your hearts go…


03Jul 2018

Message from Bishop Bill Wright: Archbishop Wilson's criminal conviction and sentencing

Archbishop Phillip Wilson grew up in the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and was a priest of the diocese from his ordination in 1975 until his appointment as Bishop of Wollongong in 1…


26Sep 2017

Message from Bishop Bill Wright - Lina's Project

As Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, I have listened to people’s agonising stories of how they were abused as children by clergy, religious, teachers and others in the church. For those children, their ab…


26Sep 2017

Message from Michael Slattery, Director of Schools - Lina's Project

‘As a community, we have all been affected by the insidious horror of child sexual abuse, and I apologise to the whole community across the Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions. We will continue in o…


31Jul 2017

Orange Sky to officially launch mobile laundry van in Newcastle this Thursday

Orange Sky will launch a mobile laundry van in the Newcastle region on Thursday in partnership with the Development and Relief Agency (DARA). Providing free washing and drying for people doin…


27Jul 2017

One person’s junk is another’s treasure … CONDA-winner ASPIRE presents this year’s musical spectacular, The Hoarders Next Door

A talented collection of 130 actors, dancers, vocalists and musicians from primary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will perform in Artistic Director Anna Kerrigan’s latest w…


17Jul 2017

CatholicCare and WEA join forces for youth outcomes

Helping young people get a job and establish their own independence is behind a partnership between CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning and WEA Hunter. CatholicCare is working with the team a…


29Jun 2017

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on Cardinal George Pell

'This morning we learned the news that Victoria Police have charged Cardinal George Pell with historical sex offences. As a community, we must allow the judicial system to do its job, promote due proc…


06Jun 2017

Catholic secondary students to celebrate stage and screen in this week's musical showcase

In its eleventh year, over 500 students from the 11 secondary Catholic schools across the Hunter, will take to the Civic Theatre stage this Thursday for the annual diocesan musical showcase, Diosounds…