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Rt Rev Robert Byrne C.O.

Bishop-elect of Hexham and Newcastle

Robert Byrne

Bishop Robert Byrne has been elected the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle suceeding the Right Reverend Séamus Cunningham.

He is currently an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Born in Manchester in September 1956, Bishop Byrne entered Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in January 1985.

In 1990, he was part of a group from Birmingham who moved to St Aloysius parish, Oxford, to found what was to become the Oxford Oratory in 1993. He served as Provost from 1993-2011.

In 2012, Fr Byrne was appointed Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity having served as a prison chaplain for over 35 years. 

Bishop Byrne was Ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in St Chad's Cathedral on 13 May 2014.

On Monday, 4 February, Pope Francis announced that Bishop Byrne would serve as the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

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More information can be found on the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle’s website.

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