After successfully opening its second site at Newcastle West earlier in 2016, St Nicholas Early Education is now set to expand, with new centres scheduled to open in mid-2017 at Chisholm and Cardiff, as well as more places to become available at the existing Newcastle West site.
CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning (CatholicCare) officially opened the Taree Community Kitchen on Wednesday 2 November 2016, seeing the people of Taree able to access fresh, home cooked meals five days a week.
The Diocesan Social Justice Council officially launched the Social Justice Statement for 2016-2017, A place at the table: social justice in an ageing society, in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on Sunday 25 September. Visitors enjoyed participating in workshops and browsing social justice market stalls, followed by Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. View a gallery below.
On Saturday 4 June, Bishop Bill Wright ordained Camillus Nwahia to the priesthood, in which he joins some 30 priests actively ministering to people across the diocese. This was a significant event for the diocese and for Camillus himself, who arrived in Australia from Nigeria only in 2011.