Finchale Partnership

Please join is in praying for the future of our diocese.


Following our diocesan journey of renewal, Forward Together in Hope, the Finchale Partnership was established to allow us to look at ourselves as a Catholic community that spans traditional parish borders and see how we can best flourish in the future. Through every parish in the diocese engaging in the same way, it is hoped that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our diocese can ensure that it continues to serve in the best way it can as an active witness of Jesus Christ in our World.

Bishop Seamus has described partnerships as ‘a group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God’.

The Parishes in our partnership include:

  • SS Joseph, Patrick and Cuthbert, Coxhoe,
  • St Cuthbert, Durham
  • St Michael, Esh Laude
  • St Patrick, Langley Moor
  • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Newhouse
  • St John Fisher, Sedgefield
  • St William, Trimdon
  • St Joseph, Ushaw Moor
  • and our parish of the Durham Martyrs

Fr. Andrew Downie of St Cuthbert’s Parish is the Partnership Dean. As such, information relating to the partnership is currently available on St Cuthbert’s website, linked to below.

A Partnership Development Group will meet regularly over for the next 2 years to establish how our partnership will work.  The group includes the 5 priests who serve the 9 parishes in our partnership, a lay representative from each parish, and representatives from our local schools. Moving forward, the partnership plans to begin its active role in the life of the local Church by following its development plan.

Our first priority is to get to know each other, by meeting socially and for prayer. For the latest information on our partnership, see the partnership news page.


‘I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is with us, giving us the courage we need to move forward together in hope.’
– Bishop Séamus Cunningham, 13th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle