On Monday 25 March 2019, the Feast of the Annunciation, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary’s in Newcastle upon Tyne, Bishop Robert Byrne, CO, was installed as the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. His Episcopal Installation was led by the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Metropolitan Archbishop of Liverpool.
The celebration began with the reading of a letter from Pope Francis and the ceremonial handing over of the Crozier by the retiring Bishop, Séamus Cunningham.
The celebration was attended by the family and friends of Bishop Robert and many clergy, including Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, His Excellency Edward Joseph Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, 36 Archbishops and Bishops, 209 clergy (priests and deacons) from our Diocese and other Dioceses and seven Seminarians. They were joined by the Diocesan Board of Trustees, the Curia, Religious, Vocations Enquirers, Ecumenical, Inter-faith and many civic dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield OBE and the Mayors of Darlington, Hartlepool and Newcastle.
The Mass was followed by a reception at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle.
The following press release was published to mark the occasion.