Together with the Diocese of Newcastle, our Diocesan family is privileged to be hosting a LOUDfence at St Marys’ Cathedral and at Newcastle Cathedral. It will begin at the 11.30am Sunday Mass on the 3 March at St Mary’s Cathedral and end with a Service of the Word at Newcastle Cathedral on Wednesday 6 March at 7.00pm.

Bishop Mark Wroe and other supporters will take part in the service link for Newcastle Cathedral LOUDfence and ‘Jagged Edges’ – Survivors’ Display – Newcastle Cathedral. Everyone is welcome to these liturgies and to visit both Cathedrals during the days to offer their prayers and support for all who have suffered abuse within the Church and within any context.

People will be invited to leave prayers and messages together with items such as the prayer ribbons presented to Bishop Stephen at his Installation Mass that are still tied to his Bishop’s Chair. People can leave items within or outside of the Cathedrals, if they would rather not enter a place of worship. There will be people available for pastoral accompaniment if that is requested.

If you would rather, request a virtual ribbon, and a member of the Diocesan safeguarding team will put a ribbon and/or message on your behalf. Please click on the button opposite to leave details of your request.

We pray for all who have suffered abuse and recognise our shared duty to safeguard the vulnerable. Visit our event listing for further details.

About LOUDfence:

LOUDfence is a visible display of support and solidarity with those affected by abuse. The ribbons tied to each fence represent the voice of those who wish to speak out in support and defence of those affected by abuse. St Mary’s and St Nicholas’ are being supported by Antonia Sobocki, Senior Director and her colleagues from LOUDfence UK, survivors, the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and the Safeguarding Teams from both Cathedrals.