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: 

28Jul 2016

Bishop welcomes new Director of Schools

Bishop Bill Wright is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Michael J. Slattery as the new Director of Schools in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, to commence from the 2017 school year. Following a…


27Jul 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright: Diocese supports a Royal Commission Case Study

Today we were officially informed that the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be one of the subjects of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse case study #43,…


26Jul 2016

New name and look for St Joseph's, Lochinvar

All Saints College, St Joseph's Campus, Lochinvar, is going back to its roots with a school rename.   The historic name of St Joseph's College, Lochinvar, will be reintroduced to the school, along wit…


11Jul 2016

Catholic diocese farewells 71 pilgrims headed to World Youth Day in Poland

The local Catholic community will farewell 71 pilgrims, including Bishop Bill Wright, as they depart for World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, this Thursday 14 July. Pilgrims will take part in a 27…


05Jul 2016

Missionary of Mercy rolls on

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's Missionary of Mercy, Richard Shortall sj, has crossed the halfway point of his 'ministry on wheels' in the Hunter and Manning Regions.   Early this year Richard was…


14Jun 2016

Diocese officially opens newest site for St Nicholas at Newcastle West

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is excited to announce the official opening of St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West tomorrow. The Newcastle West site will be the second for the diocese under…


09Jun 2016

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

Donate now! Phone Lizzie Sneddon on 0437 307 425 or email   Learn more about CatholicCare Refugee Service.     Next week, St Joseph's Campus, Lochinvar teacher, Michael E…


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…


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…


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…