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.

14Apr 2015

Penola House to rename, provide increased support services to refugees

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will enhance its commitment to providing support services to refugees and their families this month by expanding the services of its mission and outreach arm, Penola…

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30Mar 2015

An Easter message from Bishop Bill Wright (1)

Please see below the 2015 Easter message from Bishop Bill Wright of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. A media opportunity is also available (see details beneath message).   "Easter is the so…

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17Mar 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on Archbishop Philip Wilson

Today 17 March 2015, the NSW Police have issued the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson with a future court attendance notice to face a single charge of concealing a serious indictable offence.   Th…

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03Mar 2015

Brand new school for Maitland region to be officially opened next Monday

The Hunter's newest school, St Aloysius Primary School in Chisholm, will be blessed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright and officially opened by the Hon. Bob Baldwin MP, on…

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02Mar 2015

Give Us a Sign Project Speaks Out on Asylum Seekers

A network of Christian churches is speaking with one voice this Lent, calling for compassion of asylum seekers through the Give us a Sign project.   The Give us a Sign project seeks to engage churches…

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23Feb 2015

Truth, Justice and Healing Council CEO to hold information sessions in diocese

On Wednesday 25th February, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council – Francis Sullivan will hold two information sessions for people of the diocese and local community to discuss issues related…

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11Feb 2015

Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to expand Newcastle West site

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has purchased the Parry Street buildings adjacent to the current diocesan offices in Newcastle West, which were recently the subject of a Public Expression o…

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30Jan 2015

Bishop Bill Wright on release of consultation paper on redress

Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its consultation paper on options for redress and possible reforms to civil litigation for victims of child sexua…

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24Jan 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the sentencing of John Denham

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle continues to be saddened by the terrible harm that John Denham inflicted on so many innocent lives.   The Diocese continues to demonstrate its commitment to…

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13Jan 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on after effects of child sexual abuse

This morning The Newcastle Herald ran several articles proposing to establish a connection between the incidence of suicide and child sexual abuse.   The questions posed by Bob O’Toole are important a…

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