Stretching from Lake Macquarie to Taree and as far inland as Murrurundi with 150,000 Catholics in the region, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle comprises of 39 parishes, 56 diocesan schools, 12 religious congregations and diocesan agencies, including the Chancery, Catholic Schools Office, Catholic Development Fund and CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning.
Offering pastoral and social support, education and financial services along with places of worship, the diocese is also supported by the generous work of volunteersand groups includingCatholic Mission, Caritas, the Council for Australian Catholic Women and many more. The various diocesan chaplaincies also reach out to many within all areas of our community – aged care, armed forces, hospitals, industry, our port, in prisons and in our schools and the university.
To capture some of the moments across the diocese from 2014, the diocesan Communications Team has produced a short ‘year in review’ video, to acknowledge some of the wonderful work carried out throughout the diocese this year.
There were wonderful Mass and liturgy celebrations, youth retreats and pints in the pub, the launch of a Community Care Van, new models of parish leadership, celebrations of volunteers, people with disability and an ordination, strengthening of ecumenical and interfaith ties, multiple awards for the diocesan magazine Aurora, jubilees for parishes, clergy and schools, myriad displays of the talents of diocesan students including DioSounds, ASPIRE, sporting events and HSC results, a new office opening for CatholicCare in Cardiff, a new school taking shape in Chisholm, affordable housing and supported accommodation openings, amazing guests speaking at Assembly of Catholic Professionals luncheons and significant achievements, farewells and community strengthening from the religious congregations, including the work of Mum’s Cottage and Penola House.
We invite you to watch the video and remember 2014 and celebrate our faith, our people, our community and our diocese.
Please also visit the news and events page on both the diocesan and Catholic Schools Office websites to learn more about these and the many other events and stories of 2014, as unfortunately we’re not able to include everything in this one video.
You can also sign up to receive the weekly diocesan e-newsletter, the Diocesan Update, and enjoy the stories and events of 2015 as they happen.