On 25th March Robert Byrne was installed as the new Catholic diocesan bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Having served as National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and a trustee of Churches Together England (CTE) Robert leaves the role of Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham which he has held since 2014.
The Papal Mandate appointing Robert to Hexham and Newcastle reminded him that ‘Bishops especially are responsible for bringing about unity in diversity’ and while this was done in the context of his role as diocesan bishop, it nevertheless also relates to his commitment to Christian unity.
The service was attended by several ecumenical guests from North East Churches Acting Together. The photo (© diocese of Hexham & Newcastle) shows Robert greeting the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, Mark Tanner.
Words adapted from the Churches Together England (CTE) newsletter