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: 

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 gr…


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…


01Nov 2016

Taree community kitchen to officially open this Wednesday

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning (CatholicCare) will officially open the Taree Community Kitchen this Wednesday, seeing the people of Taree able to access fresh, home cooked meals five days…


28Oct 2016

Catherine McAuley Catholic College announced as Hunter's newest secondary school

Catherine McAuley Catholic College, Medowie, which will open in 2020, has today been announced as the official name of the Hunter's newest school which aims to cater to the demand for Catholic educati…


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 over…


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 Dioces…


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…