About the Diocese

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The Diocese of Middlesbrough

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough consists of the boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees (south of the river), the cities of Kingston upon Hull and York, East Yorkshire and most of North Yorkshire.

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The Patrons of our diocese

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help was adopted as our Diocesan patroness by Bishop Lacy, the first Bishop of Middlesbrough, who had seen the miraculous image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rome whilst he was a seminarian.

The miraculous image is kept in the Church of St. Alponsus Ligouri in Rome.

The feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is on 27th June.

Saint Wilfrid

St Wilfrid, who was Bishop of York from 664 until his death in 709, was the successful advocate for the Roman viewpoint at the Synod of Whitby, the Anglo-Saxon Church Council which decided the method for determining the date of Easter.

The feast of St. Wilfrid is on 12th October.

Saint John of Beverley

St. John of Beverley studied at Canterbury under Saints Adrian and Theodore before becoming a monk at Whitby. In 687 he became Bishop of Hexham and then, in 705, Metropolitan of York. We know much about St. John of Beverley because it was he who ordained the first English historian, the Venerable Bede who wrote of him, and recorded miracles worked by him. St. John founded the Beverley Abbey to which he retired in 717. He died in 721.

St. John’s tomb became a focus for pilgrimages in medieval times and King Henry V’s victory at Agincourt was attributed to the aid of Saint John and Saint John of Bridlington.

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