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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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 world,…


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…


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…


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…


03Nov 2015

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle launches St Nicholas Early Education

Today the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to announce a new service agency - St Nicholas Early Education.   St Nicholas Early Education will provide much-needed early education services…


27Oct 2015

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright in support of Bishop Greg Thompson (1)

‘This week Bishop Greg Thompson made the brave decision to speak out about past abuse he had suffered as a young man, perpetrated by a member of Clergy. I know this is not a decision which Bishop Greg…


28Sep 2015

Catholic Diocese to pray for hope, peace and end to violence to mark 10th anniversary of 2005 Bali bombings

In a service of remembrance and hope at the Sacred Heart Cathedral this Wednesday 30 September at 7pm, the community is invited to join Bishop Bill Wright to pray for those of families affected by the…


22Sep 2015

Catholic Bishop to Launch Social Justice Statement and bless work of CatholicCare Refugee Service ahead of Social Justice Sunday

This Thursday the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will launch the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Social Justice Statement 2015-2016 For Those Who've Come Across the Seas – Justic…