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.

09Jun 2016

Running for a reason - #3weeks2days kicks off next week

Donate now! Phone Lizzie Sneddon on 0437 307 425 or email esneddon@catholiccare.org.au   Learn more about CatholicCare Refugee Service.     Next week, St Joseph's Campus, Lochinvar teacher, Mi…

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07Jun 2016

A MOMent of grace

As the wheels of the motorhome of the Missionary of Mercy (MOM) roll on, more and more members of the Hunter community are learning about Pope Francis' extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and our loca…

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06Jun 2016

AFL star to visit Singleton for 'blokes only barbecue'

AFL legend and winner of this year's reality television hit show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here", Brendan Fevola, will be in Singleton this month to discuss the highs and lows of his personal l…

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25May 2016

Catholic Diocese plans to develop former Empire Hotel site in Newcastle West

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will today lodge a development application with Newcastle City Council for the redevelopment of the former Empire Hotel site in Newcastle West. Following an…

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20May 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the trial of David O'Hearn

"Today I am able to confirm and comment on the case of David O'Hearn, a priest of this diocese who has been convicted of multiple sexual abuse offences against teenage boys. O'Hearn has not been in mi…

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18May 2016

Give Us A Sign project calls for peace

A network of Christian churches and the Newcastle Muslim Association is calling for peace in the month of May through the Give Us A Sign campaign. The campaign seeks to engage churches, schools, mosq…

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10May 2016

Missionary on wheels arrives in 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…

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03May 2016

The name of the Hunter's newest secondary school is officially announced – St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm

St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm has this morning been announced as the official name of the Hunter's newest secondary school, which aims to cater for the increased demand for Catholic education i…

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27Apr 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the trial of Vince Ryan

'Yesterday afternoon I was advised that, on the first day of his trial, Vincent Gerard Ryan pleaded guilty to three of the six child sexual assault charges he was facing at the Downing Centre Sydne…

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20Apr 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright – Diocese policies on reporting to Police

Since the mid 2000's under Bishop Michael Malone, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has had a practice of reporting all available information about historic child sexual abuse allegations…

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