About us Our Bishops Bishop Robert Byrne Bishop Robert Byrne is now Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Byrne succeeds The Right Reverend Séamus Cunningham, who has been Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle since 2009. Bishop Byrne was born in Manchester on 22 September 1956. He was ordained priest in 1985 and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham on 13 May, 2014. A Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Byrne will be held at the Archdiocese on 18 June.