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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27Apr 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the trial of Vince Ryan

'Yesterday afternoon I was advised that, on the first day of his trial, Vincent Gerard Ryan pleaded guilty to three of the six child sexual assault charges he was facing at the Downing Centre Sydne…


20Apr 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright – Diocese policies on reporting to Police

Since the mid 2000's under Bishop Michael Malone, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has had a practice of reporting all available information about historic child sexual abuse allegations…


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…


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…


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. A…


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…


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…


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 worl…


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…


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…