Pope Francis has appointed Rt Rev Robert Byrne, currently Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, to serve as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in succession to Bishop Seamus Cunningham. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Robert to our diocese.
Retirement Mass for Bishop Seamus: To mark the retirement of Bishop Seamus, a Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 7pm on Friday 22nd February, the Feast of The Chair of St Peter, Apostle. Everybody is welcome to this Mass, which will be followed by light refreshments in the Cathedral grounds. The Cathedral will be open to everyone and tickets are NOT required.
Installation of Bishop Robert as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle: The Installation Mass for Bishop Robert will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral at 12 noon on Monday 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation. Entry to the Cathedral for this Mass will be by invitation and ticket only.
Please pray for Bishop Seamus and Bishop Robert as they each prepare for the next phase of their ministry.