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.

20May 2016

Statement from Bishop Bill Wright on the trial of David O'Hearn

"Today I am able to confirm and comment on the case of David O'Hearn, a priest of this diocese who has been convicted of multiple sexual abuse offences against teenage boys. O'Hearn has not been in mi…

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18May 2016

Give Us A Sign project calls for peace

A network of Christian churches and the Newcastle Muslim Association is calling for peace in the month of May through the Give Us A Sign campaign. The campaign seeks to engage churches, schools, mosq…

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10May 2016

Missionary on wheels arrives in Newcastle

The word 'mercy' is not commonly used today but Pope Francis gave it new standing when he declared that 2016 would be an international Jubilee Year of Mercy. A unique initiative followed in the Dioce…

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03May 2016

The name of the Hunter's newest secondary school is officially announced – St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm

St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm has this morning been announced as the official name of the Hunter's newest secondary school, which aims to cater for the increased demand for Catholic education i…

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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…

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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 …

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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. A…

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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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