This year on Wednesday 21st August, St Mary's will be commemorating 175 years of service as a place of Christian worship and sanctuary in our busy city.
Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, opened in 1844 and paid for with 'the pennies of the poor', this church was built to address the needs of the rapidly increasing Catholic population of Newcastle which had been swollen by Irish immigrants in the first half of the 19th century.
In 1850 following the Restoration of the Hierarchy in England and Wales however, St Mary's was raised to Cathedral status becoming the Mother Church of the newly designated Diocese of Hexham ( later to be renamed the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle). Interestingly until the 1880s and despite being Roman Catholic, it was the first and only Cathedral in Newcastle.
In collaboration with Newcastle City Guides, our participation in the 'Late Shows' on Saturday 18th May this year took the form of an evening with Pugin and Cathedral characters from the Victorian era. The evening was well attended and very much enjoyed by all those who came to visit.
1844- 2019 Some Key Events in our history:
On Wednesday 29 May from 7.00pm - 9.00pm, we are hosting an evening of Praise, Worship and Adoration led by Eight time Grammy nominee, Matt Maher.
Matt is an International Christian music artist who has had success writing and recording songs like ‘Lord I need You’ ‘Hold Us Together’ and ‘Because He Lives’
One of the highlights of his ministry was leading three million young people in adoration as he knelt on stage with Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio in 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICL5du0GAsU
We are delighted to announce that Catherine Pepinster, former editor of the Tablet will deliver the sixth Cardinal Hume Memorial Lecture here in the Cathedral on Thursday 11 July at 7.00pm. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.
See Coming Events