Forward Together in Hope

Forward Together in Hope


Forward Together in Hope is a three-year journey of renewal across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

It is about all of us working together to explore and discern God’s will for our diocese.


Using information held centrally by the diocese and carrying out a thorough self-evaluation, each worshipping community will look in detail at how best it can flourish into the future. A key strength of the approach is that it will take place in the same way across the whole of the diocese.


The entire process will be firmly rooted in prayer and a real openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Resources will be provided to help worshipping communities to reflect prayerfully on the future challenges and opportunities. Forward Together in Hope is led and endorsed by Bishop Séamus and the Diocesan Board.

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The first stage of the journey is Preparing the Way and is very much about raising awareness and seeking involvement from as many people in our parishes as possible ahead of the self-evaluation process that takes place between Pentecost (May) and Advent (November) this year.


Each parish has a lay contact person: in our case these are:

Immaculate Heart – Joanne Hayes

St Mary’s – Phil Cunningham

St Philip Neri – Helen Bain


A range of documents and other resources including a DVD and PowerPoint presentation have been provided  to parishes and are also available on the Diocese website –