• Project offers alternative to life on the streets

    Desperate young people are being offered an alternative to sleeping on the streets of Middlesbrough with the creation of a new safe-house network. Depaul UK’s Nightstop North East project pairs young people with volunteer families and individuals who have a spare room a vulnerable teenager can use for a night or more. The initiative is […]

  • Tributes paid to much loved priest

    Tributes have been paid to much-loved priest, Father Norman Jacobson, who has died at the age of 67 following a lengthy period of ill health. Born in Boldon, Co Durham, on February 13 1947, Father Norman was initially ordained into the Anglican ministry and worked in parishes throughout Teesside, including St Thomas’s, Brambles Farm, St […]

  • Missionary Francis returns to Africa

    Middlesbrough teacher Francis Hannaway is returning for another stint in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he worked as a lay missionary in the early 1990s. Francis was part of Britain’s own Catholic missionary society, Mill Hill Missionaries, which was founded by Herbert Vaughan, later to become Cardinal Vaughan, the builder of Westminster Cathedral. Now […]

  • Appeal to save holiday lifeline

    Volunteers are appealing for help to save a summer holiday lifeline that’s helped hundreds of Middlesbrough children with special needs over more than 30 years. Local families rely on The Newman Holiday Trust to give both parents and children a well-deserved break, but the charity is set to pull out of the area because of […]

  • ‘Media Monk’ to Open Ushaw Lectures series

    Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies has announced the first set of speakers this academic year in its highly successful series of Ushaw Lectures.   Those giving the lectures include a well-known ‘media monk’ and a leading science writer. Known for his writing, television and radio work, Fr Christopher Jamison OSB will open the series […]

  • Campaigners shine light on modern slavery

    Police, politicians, charities and church groups are among those taking part in a major event in Middlesbrough aimed at highlighting the scourge of people-trafficking. Organisers of ‘Making Middlesbrough A Traffick-Free Zone’ believe the North-East could be a modern slavery hotspot due to the number of ports close by. The Bishop of Middlesbrough, The Right Reverend […]

  • Ushaw calling for volunteers as College prepares to open to the public

    A former Catholic Seminary is looking to attract dozens of volunteers to help make its public spaces and grounds open and attractive to visitors. Ushaw College, to the west of Durham City, has recently established a very fruitful relationship with Durham University. With the Trustees of Ushaw College, the University is exploring the possibility of […]

  • Songs of Praise from Ampleforth Abbey

    On Sunday 17 August at 5.30 pm the singing and music of Ampleforth will be celebrated among a wider congregation than usual when a special Songs of Praise episode will air on BBC 1. Presenters David Grant and Sally Magnusson will be exploring the peaceful surroundings of the Abbey and learn about the Benedictine traditions […]

  • Diocesan Assumption Pilgrimage 2014

    This Sunday coming is the annual diocesan Assumption Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace, nr Osmotherley. Events start at 2.30pm with the Rosary. Holy Mass commences at 3pm with Bishop Drainey as main celebrant. Lifts are available up the hill for those who can’t manage the walk. There are refreshments available afterwards.

  • ‘Workplace Chaplaincy: Meeting the Challenges of Change’

    An Invitation from Tees Valley Ministry A Lunchtime Workshop on Tuesday 16 September 2014, 12 noon – 2pm. It will take a fresh look at Workplace Chaplaincy and how it can benefit business, faith communities and all people in workplaces. The event will take place between 12 noon and 2pm at the Baptist Tabernacle in Stockton. […]