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.

30Mar 2016

Following over 40 years' service, Director of Schools Ray Collins announces his retirement

After 44 years in education, 41 of them in Catholic Education, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Director of Schools Ray Collins will retire at the end of the 2016 school year. Mr Collins will have served…

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27Mar 2016

Community comes together to celebrate Easter

"As we come together to celebrate Easter once more, I am reminded again of the power of community. Throughout our Diocese I am pleased to see the faithful join as one in this, our Holy Week where we r…

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21Mar 2016

An Easter message from Bishop Bill Wright

Please see below the 2016 Easter message from Bishop Bill Wright of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.   "First of all, I wish you a Happy Easter celebration in your family and community. And…

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02Mar 2016

Response from Bishop Bill Wright on the Royal Commission

'This week Cardinal Pell has provided evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from Rome. This evidence has helped to complete the disturbing picture of how…

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25Dec 2015

Local community comes out in numbers for Christmas mass services

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was pleased to see many members of the local community attending Christmas services throughout the region this season, with many churches reporting full atte…

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21Dec 2015

Bishop Bill Wright's Christmas Message 2015

Joy to the world, the saviour reigns....Let Earth receive her king.   These lines from an old Christmas carol reflect the Christian belief that the birth of Jesus affects the story of the whole world,…

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14Dec 2015

Bishop Bill Wright to deliver 2015 Christmas message on waterfront at Swansea

As Christmas approaches, Bishop Bill Wright will deliver his annual Christmas message to the community at St Patrick's Primary School, Swansea on Tuesday morning from 10.30am. Bishop Bill will arrive…

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07Dec 2015

Diocese invites all to launch a Year of Mercy and celebrate 150 year anniversary

Pope Francis and Bishop Bill Wright are issuing a joint invitation to all members of the local community to take part in the Diocese's Year of Mercy, which will also see the Diocese celebrate its 150t…

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12Nov 2015

Official opening of Sacred Heart Columbarium this Sunday

This Sunday, 15th November, Bishop Bill Wright will officially bless and open the newly-developed Columbarium at the Sacred Heart Cathedral - 841 Hunter St, Newcastle West.   Following extensive redev…

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04Nov 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on proposed national redress scheme for victims of abuse

'Recently the Federal opposition pledged $33 million to fund the operation of a national redress scheme for victims of abuse – one of the key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institution…

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