About the Diocese of Middlesbrough

The diocese 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.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough is a Latin Rite Roman Catholic diocese situated in the province of Liverpool. It was founded on December 20 1878, with the reconfiguring of the Diocese of Beverley, which had covered the whole of Yorkshire. The diocese now covers an area of 4,000 sq km.

The Diocese of Beverley, which covered the whole of Yorkshire, was divided into the Diocese of Middlesbrough – covering the North and East ridings of Yorkshire and those parishes in the City of York to the north of the River Ouse – and the Diocese of Leeds, covering the West Riding of Yorkshire and those parishes in the City of York to the south of the River Ouse.

In 1982 the two York parishes south of the River Ouse were ceded to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to unite the City of York under one bishop. The parish of Howden was transferred from Middlesbrough to the Leeds diocese in 2004.

The Bishop of Middlesbrough is Rt Rev Terence Patrick Drainey. He was ordained as the seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough on January 25 2008, replacing the Rt Rev John Patrick Crowley.

Diocesan Patrons

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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

The miraculous image is kept in the Church of St Alhponsus Liguori in Rome.

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

Saint Wilfrid of York

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 Saint Wilfrid is on October 12.

Saint John of Beverley

St John of Beverley studied at Canterbury under SS 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 St John and St John of Bridlington.

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