Middlesbrough Diocese http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk The Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:06:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bishop Terry celebrates closing of Teresa’s 5th Centenary Year.http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8422 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8422#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:06:47 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8422 The celebrations marking the 5th centenary of the birth of the Carmelite nun Saint Teresa of Avila closed in Britain with a day of festivities held at Aylesford Priory in Kent on 17th October 2015. The historic Aylesford Priory was first home to a Carmelite community over 250 years before Saint Teresa was born.
The day began with a Gathering Liturgy in the Relic Chapel. Pilgrims were welcomed by Fr. Antony Lester, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites. He spoke about the Teresa 500 celebrations being a wonderful collaborative effort of the various branches of the Carmelite Family.

The Gathering Liturgy was led by the Prior of Aylesford, Fr. Damian Cassidy, O.Carm., and combined Scripture readings with extracts from the writings of Saint Teresa, interspersed with music. A Discalced Carmelite nun, Sr. Jo Robson from Ware Carmel, gave a reflection on Saint Teresa’s legacy.
The Gathering Liturgy was followed by a presentation given by Professor Peter Tyler of St. Mary’s University Twickenham on the subject “Teresa of Avila: Daughter of Fire”.



After lunch a question and answer session on Saint Teresa was held with a panel consisting of: Fr. John Sullivan, O.C.D. (Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites); Professor Peter Tyler (St. Mary’s University Twickenham); Sr. Jo Robson, O.C.D. (Ware Carmel); Bishop Terence Drainey (Diocese of Middlesbrough); and Sheila Grimwood (Aylesford Pastoral Team).

The day concluded with a celebration of Mass at which the presider and preacher was Rt. Rev. Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough, who has had a strong devotion to Saint Teresa since his time as a seminarian, and particularly since serving in Spain as Spiritual Director at the English College in Valladolid. He spoke of Saint Teresa with great personal affection.



Bishop Terry also said that coming to Aylesford was fulfilling a life’s ambition; as an eleven-year old boy he had written to the shrine’s restorer, Fr. Malachy Lynch, enquiring about the Carmelite Third Order.




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Northern Church leaders express their support for the people of Redcarhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8406 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8406#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:22:09 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8406 A message from the Church leaders concerning the future of the SSI plant in Redcar.

The people of Teesside remain deeply uncertain and concerned about the potential for future steel production in the region. In recent days we have watched and listened as discussions have unfolded around the future of steel production on Teesside, but nothing has been said that would allay the uncertainty as to whether the Redcar plant will be mothballed, or closed completely.

What we do know is that this will have a profound effect on the people of Teesside.  1700 posts will be made redundant directly from the steel works, 500 from the coking works and other businesses will be both directly and indirectly affected.  Families and local businesses will suffer as income in the region drops.  We know that this sort of economic impact on a community has far more reaching effects on relationships, health, child poverty and employment.  This in an area that is already struggling with the effects of austerity measures that are hitting Teesside very hard.

We welcome the Government’s offer of £80 million to support the community. We hope that this, in partnership with others, is part of a long term commitment to support a community that has been committed to making steel production work on Teesside.   Whilst acknowledging that the global economy is challenging for steel production and being appreciative of recent statements of support by the Business minister, many in this region would have hoped for more direct support for the industry at a time when much publicity is being given to the Northern Powerhouse and the economy of the North east. We would urge that there be strategic and forward looking thinking and planning for the region and for other areas of the country suffering from the continuing decline of heavy industry.

Local churches have already responded and will continue to pray, offer pastoral care, assist those affected in material and practical ways and work with others to seek outcomes that lead to a flourishing Teesside

Please join us in praying for the people of Teesside.


Dr. Mark Bonnington (New and Independent Churches in the North East) Chair of North East Churches Acting Together

Rt Revd Paul Butler (Bishop of Durham)

Revd John Claydon (Regional Minister, Northern Baptist Association)

Rt Revd Seamus Cunningham (Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle)

Rt Revd Terry Drainey (Bishop of Middlesbrough)

Rt Revd Paul Ferguson (Bishop of Whitby)

Revd Ruth Gee (Chair of the Darlington District of the Methodist Church)

Revd Stephen Lindridge (Chair of the Newcastle District of the Methodist Church)

Majors Denis and Olive Lomax (Divisional Commanders, Northern Salvation Army)

Revd Lis Mullen (Moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church)

Revd Paul Revill (Regional Minister, Northern Baptist Association)

Rt Revd Frank White (Assistant Bishop of Newcastle Diocese)



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Candlelit Prayer Vigil supports #KeepItAlight Campaignhttp://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8400 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/archives/8400#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:05:48 +0000 http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/?p=8400 Teessiders are using the power of prayer to support steelworkers and their families. 

Worshippers from across the area will gather for a #KeepItAlight prayer vigil at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Teesville on Thursday October 8 at 7pm.

The candlelit vigil is the inspiration of Veronica Harnett, who was spurred into action by the news that the SSI plant at Redcar is being mothballed.

“It’s impossible not to feel the impact of the end of 170 years of steelmaking on Teesside, with the thousands of job losses that come with it,” said Veronica.

“I work for Redcar & Cleveland Mind and we already support hundreds of people who are out of work, but the scale of this is truly devastating.

“After much personal prayer, I decided to call on the people of Teesside to join together in an evening of prayer and reflection.

“I’ve been moved by the way people from all over the diocese are pulling together after my call for action. We would like as many people as possible to join us.

“We don’t all have a common faith, but we can show our support for the steelworkers, their families and the community by coming together in this way.”

Priests from across Teesside, including Canon Eddie Gubbins, Father Peter Keeling, Father Bill Serplus, and Father Philip Cunnah, have already confirmed they will attend.

For more information about the vigil, email Veronica at v.harnett@randcmind.org

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