From NEO to diocesan bishop
Robert Byrne, who served as National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops' Conference, was installed on 25 March as the new diocesan bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. When he moved on from the NEO post to serve as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he remained a Trustee of CTE until retiring due to pressure of work. He was also Chair of Trustees and Convenor of CTE's Enabling Group.
The Papal Mandate appointing Robert to Hexham and Newcastle reminded him that 'Bishops especially are responsible for bringing about unity in diversity' and while this was done in the context of his role as diocesan bishop, it nevertheless also relates to his commitment to Christian unity.
The service was attended by several ecumenical guests from North East Churches Acting Together. The photo (© diocese of Hexham & Newcastle) shows Robert greeting the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, Mark Tanner.