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: 

10Apr 2017

2017 Easter Message from Bishop Bill Wright

The ancient Hebrew people, like every other human society, had to try to make sense of their world. And like every society, part of what they saw around them was a certain prevalence of greed, selfish…


31Mar 2017

Catholic Diocese's 'Empire' site to provide affordable housing for the community

Following approval by the Hunter Joint Regional Planning Council last week, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to confirm its development of the former 'Empire' site in Newcastle's…


23Mar 2017

Media Statement From Bishop Bill Wright

Bishop Bill Wright has confirmed that a priest of the diocese has been charged with historic child sexual offences. The charges related to matters alleged to have occurred in the 1970's.   "The priest…


03Mar 2017

Catholic schools across the Hunter and Manning Valley celebrate great learning and communities this Catholic Schools Week

From March 5 – 11, Catholic schools across our region will open their doors to families, friends and community members to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2017. This year's theme, 'Catholic schools: Gr…


01Mar 2017

CatholicCare brings Autism expert to Taree for free information sessions

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is proud to bring renowned Autism guru, Dr Tony Attwood to Taree for free information sessions on Friday 3 March. One session is aimed at parents of childre…


07Feb 2017

An open letter from Bishop Bill Wright regarding the 50th case study of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

To the Catholic People of the Maitland–Newcastle diocese. My dear people, As I'm sure you know, the 50th case study of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began today i…


23Jan 2017

Diocese launches new Protection and Safety Council

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has this morning announced the launch of the Diocesan Protection and Safety Council – a new body formed to advise the Bishop. The Diocesan Protection and Saf…


25Dec 2016

Christmas Mass services well attended across the Diocese

People from throughout the community have spoken with their feet, with large numbers attending both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses at Parishes across the diocese. Bringing people together to c…


19Dec 2016

Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord’s Christmas message 2016

As Bishop Bill is unwell, this year we are pleased to have Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord share his Christmas message to the people of the diocese, Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions.         Rea…


15Dec 2016

HSC top achievers announced in all Maitland-Newcastle Catholic schools

Catholic school students from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have performed exceptionally well in this year's HSC examinations.   Nine students from all diocesan Stage 6 schools have been li…