He will be Priest at Jesmond, plus new duties, given him by the Bishop.
Father Michael Whalen will be moving from Jesmond to Newton Aycliffe.
Parishioners were shocked by this news as Fr. Michael is much loved and has been a very good priest, active in the community and unafraid to comment on local issues.
He is currently Vice Charirman of Great Aycliffe Residents’ Association and has been instrumental in affecting much of the success this organisation has made since being formed.