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Vicars for Religious

Episcopal Vicar for Religious

Canon John Cooper, St. Cuthbert’s, Spring Street, Stockton–on–Tees, TS18 3NR
Tel: (01642) 674321.

Bishop’s Advisor and Support for Religious

Sr Mary Michael Lee, Oaklea Centre, Tunstall Road, Sunderland SR2 7JR
Tel: 0191 567 4653

The Diocesan Association of Religious

The Association was founded following the National Pastoral Congress in Liverpool in 1980, with the desire that religious in the diocese could continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm generated by the congress. A group of Sisters met at the Convent of Marie Reparatrice in Jesmond to reflect on how an Association for the Religious could be formed and how it would function. Since then many sisters have been involved in maintaining its vitality.

Over the past 25 years or so there have been regular meetings, bringing the religious together to share experiences, mark special events and to be inspired by many speakers with particular insights to offer. Its objective on the one hand is to bring the religious together for prayer, sharing of work and charisms, and mutual support; it also helps towards a renewal of religious life and a better understanding of the role of religious in today’s society.

It provides a forum for the discussion of the relationship that exists between the local church and the religious and how the latter can participate fully in the pastoral action of the Diocese. There is an opportunity to present the views of religious to the Bishop and the Pastoral Council through representatives.

There is a worldwide celebration in honour of Consecrated Life each year on 2 February, witnessing among the people of the Diocese to our faith in Consecrated Life.

The other General Meeting is in the autumn and that is the occasion when we are pleased to welcome a speaker on a topic of mutual interest, while at the same time having an opportunity to enrich the day to day living of our personal calling and our service of God’s people.

Religious Houses (Men)

  • High Thorn, Pittington Road, Rainton Lane, Houghton-le-Spring DH5 9RG
    Tel: 0191 383 0351

Religious Houses (Women)

  • Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN
    Tel: 01388 229656
  • St Wilfrid’s Presbytery, Sunderland Road, Gateshead NE8 3QR
    Tel: 0191 477 1524


  • 4 Green Bank Villas, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear NE32 3NA
    Tel: 0191 489 8726
  • 1 St Aidan’s Cottage, Marygate, Holy Island, Northumberland TD15 25J
    Tel: 01289 389323
  • 55 Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool TS26 9PW
    Tel: 01429 263659
  • St Joseph’s, Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7QA
    Tel: 0191 273 1279
  • 3 Durham Street, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6HF
    Tel: 0191 273 0026
  • Monastery of Our Lady of Holy Hope, Minsteracres Retreat Centre, Consett DH8 9RT
    Tel: 01434 673002
  • 87 Porchester Drive, Eastfield Chase
    Tel: 01670 736501
  • 12 Larch Avenue, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear DH4 5EB
  • St Joseph’s, Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7QA
    Tel: 0191 273 1279
  • St Joseph’s, Victoria Lane, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8NL
    Tel: 01388 602030
  • 10 Parkhead Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DH
    Tel: 0191 281 3887
  • Flats 9 – 10, St Anne’s Court, 9 Summerhill Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EE
    Tel: 0191 670 9935
  • 17 Cartington Road, North Shields NE29 7BL
    Tel: 0191 257 8165
  • St Anthony’s Convent of Mercy, Oaklea, Tunstall Road, Sunderland SR2 7JR
    Tel: 0191 567 4653
  • Convent of Mercy, Mill Race, 19A West End, Wolsingham DL13 3AS
    Tel: 01388 527194
  • 24 – 30 Hexham Avenue, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
    Tel: 0191 209 2478