Bishop Robert Byrne has been appointed as the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, succeeding Bishop Seamus Cunningham.
Bishop Byrne, formerly Provost of the Oxford Oratory, became the first Oratorian bishop in England for 140 years when he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 2014. He is regarded as friendly towards the Traditional Latin Mass, introducing a weekly Old Rite Mass during his time in Oxford.
We send him and the priests and people of the diocese the assurance of our prayers. His enthronement will be on the Feast of the Annunciation - 25th May 2019.