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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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 childr…


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…


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 Sa…


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…


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.       …


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…


05Dec 2016

Fourth Catholic high school announced to share in government grant announcement

The need for continued Federal Government investment into Catholic schools was further cemented today with the announcement of a $3,423,587 government grant for St Clare's High School, Taree.   The…


25Nov 2016

Three Catholic high schools to benefit from over $10 million in government funding

Three high schools in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle; San Clemente High School, Mayfield, St Joseph's High School, Aberdeen and the new St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm, will share in…


25Nov 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright in support of Bishop Greg Thompson

Over the past few days the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has again come under the spotlight of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Case Study #42 has detailed a ne…


24Nov 2016

Diocese acquires new land at Lochinvar

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has confirmed its purchase of land and buildings located at Lochinvar, adjacent to and including St Joseph's College. This property was formerly owned by the Sisters…