"Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility. We must demonstrate our willingness to safeguard and recognise that we all have a role to play in creating a safer environment and this should be evident in our daily ministry. Safeguarding is everyone’s business."


Angie Richardson

Safeguarding Coordinator, Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

In the Parish of the Durham Martyrs, we are committed to living out the above quote written by Diocesean Safeguarding Coordinator Angie Richardson. Our Safeguarding leads are Kathleen Murray (St Godric's) and Dennis Bradley (St Joseph's)

About Us 

The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

Marjorie, the Parish Secretary's working hours are 8:30am -4:00pm Tues - Fri. If you email outside these hours you will receive a response when Marjorie is back in the office. 

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