Fr Adrian Dixon (PP & EF celebrant at St Joseph's, Gateshead) is taking sabbatical leave; Fr Michael Brown (PP & EF celebrant at St Mary's, Forest Hall) is returning as PP at St Joseph's, Gateshead where he introduced the EF Mass during his time previously; Fr David Phillips (PP at Stella who celebrates the monthly EF Mass at Ryhope) is moving to Berwick where he hopes that the EF Mass might be introduced. Fr Phillips intends (weather permitting) to continue celebrating Mass at Ryhope.
We also sadly note that due to the Prior, Fr Leo Edgar OP, being reassigned the weekly Missa Cantata at St Dominic's Priory, Newcastle will cease from the beginning of July. We must acknowledge the fact that Bishop Seamus Cunningham has given careful thought to the retention of the EF Mass on central Tyneside by relocating Fr Brown to Gateshead.
We thank Fr Dixon for his support at St Joseph's and wish him well on his sabbatical.