My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to attach the Hexham & Newcastle diocesan submission to the universal Synod. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the discernment and dialogue that has come together here. As a diocese we are committed to the journey of becoming a more synodal Church, listening to each other and listening to the Holy Spirit. I hope that you will read, pray and reflect on the contents of our diocesan synthesis and continue the conversation in your local communities.

Over the coming months we will be exploring how we move forward and grow together. The Vicariate for Faith & Mission will be providing resources to assist with this ongoing synodal process. We know that it is Christ who calls us to grow and that this is only possible if we continue to listen to him and discern with one another. I pray that we continue to work together to find new ways to take forward Christ’s mission throughout our diocese.

Yours devotedly,


Rt Rev Robert Byrne CO
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle