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.

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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…


01Jun 2017

Taree Community Kitchen welcomes local St Clare's students each week

Following it's opening in late 2016, the CatholicCare Taree Community Kitchen has continued to provide fresh home cooked meals five days a week to the people of the local community. Now, in partnershi…


22May 2017

Over 400 school leaders to gather in Hunter Valley this week to “Encounter New Horizons”

Catholic school principals from across NSW and will come together this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (24 – 26 May) at the Crowne Plaza in Pokolbin for the 2017 Association of Catholic School Principa…


19May 2017

Maitland Catholic schools honour 100 year anniversary of Les Darcy's death

On Wednesday, 24 May, 400 Catholic primary school students from across the Maitland region will gather for a special sporting gala day at Maitland Park to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the d…


18May 2017

Lochinvar's Tenison Woods Education Centre to transition to the Diocese this month

Following an announcement in November 2016 confirming purchase of land and buildings located at Lochinvar from the Sisters of St Joseph, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is officially taking carriage…


16Apr 2017

Diocese celebrates Easter with hundreds from across the region attending mass services

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to report well attended mass services throughout the region this Easter season.   Many people worshipped the stations of the cross on Good Friday at Sacred…


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…