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.

16Sep 2016

Acknowledging the contribution of fathers, brothers and sisters to a diocese over 150 years

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle continues to mark 150 years since Bishop James Murray arrived in Maitland and claimed St John's Church as his cathedral. One significant feature of diocesan life ove…


31Aug 2016

A message from Bishop Bill Wright regarding the Royal Commission Case Study 43

Watch a message from Bishop Bill Wright about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Case Study 43, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.


23Aug 2016

Missionary on wheels returns to Newcastle

The word 'mercy' is not commonly used today but Pope Francis gave it new standing when he declared that 2016 would be an international Jubilee Year of Mercy. A unique initiative followed in the Dioce…


29Jul 2016

125 Catholic school students to take the stage in award nominated program's production at Civic Theatre

On Thursday 4 August, 125 dedicated young performers representing 26 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will take to the stage to perform in the original ASPIRE production, There's…


28Jul 2016

Bishop welcomes new Director of Schools

Bishop Bill Wright is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Michael J. Slattery as the new Director of Schools in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, to commence from the 2017 school year. Following…


27Jul 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Diocese supports a Royal Commission Case Study

Today we were officially informed that the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be one of the subjects of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse case study #43,…


26Jul 2016

New name and look for St Joseph's, Lochinvar

All Saints College, St Joseph's Campus, Lochinvar, is going back to its roots with a school rename.   The historic name of St Joseph's College, Lochinvar, will be reintroduced to the school, along w…


11Jul 2016

Catholic diocese farewells 71 pilgrims headed to World Youth Day in Poland

The local Catholic community will farewell 71 pilgrims, including Bishop Bill Wright, as they depart for World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, this Thursday 14 July. Pilgrims will take part in a 2…


05Jul 2016

Missionary of Mercy rolls on

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's Missionary of Mercy, Richard Shortall sj, has crossed the halfway point of his 'ministry on wheels' in the Hunter and Manning Regions.   Early this year Richard w…


14Jun 2016

Diocese officially opens newest site for St Nicholas at Newcastle West

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is excited to announce the official opening of St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West tomorrow. The Newcastle West site will be the second for the diocese unde…