Middlesbrough Diocese

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 20 December 1878, with the re-configuring of the Diocese of Beverley which had covered the whole of Yorkshire. The modern day Middlesbrough diocese covers an area of 4,000 km² in North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, together with the Cities of Kingston-upon-Hull and York.

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 7th Bishop of Middlesbrough on 25 January 2008, replacing the Right Reverend John Patrick Crowley.

Diocesan Patrons

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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 Saint Alponsus Ligouri in Rome.

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

Saint Wilfrid of York

Saint 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 12th October.

Saint John of Beverley

Saint 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 Saint 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. Saint John founded the Beverley Abbey to which he retired in 717. He died in 721.

Saint 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.

Diocese News

  • Bishop Terry is inviting you to join the National Rosary Rally taking place in dioceses throughout England, Wales and Scotland from 9am to 9pm on Pentecost Sunday (May 31). Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the pandemic is making us aware […]
  • St Mary’s Cathedral in Middlesbrough and a number of parishes throughout the diocese are streaming their services during the coronavirus outbreak. Keep watching this page and we’ll add Masses as soon as we can. Please email [email protected] if you know of any errors or have any additional information of Masses to be added. TEESSIDE St Mary’s […]
  • In this month’s Pope Video, the Holy Father brings to the fore the role of deacons and asks us to pray that they may be “an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.” Pope Francis exhorts us to pray for these “guardians of service in the Church”, that they may be an invigorating symbol for all […]

More News and Information

Children begin their First Holy Communion preparation

The parish welcomed the children who are to begin preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, or First Holy Communion, to their enrolment ceremony during Mass on Sunday the 17th of October.

Start of the First Holy Communion preparation programme this week

This weekend marks the start of the First Holy Communion preparation course. We are pleased to be supporting 32 children and their families as they prepare to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist in June Next Year. The programme begins with an enrolment ceremony...

Feast day of our patron

Friday the 1st of October marks the Feast Day of our Patron, St Therese of Lisieux. The children of our primary school will be participating in the Mass and the Mass will be live-streamed on our Facebook and Youtube Channels. https://youtu.be/QFX2ccOq-c8

Mass time change this week

Please note that Mass on Thursday this week is at the earlier time of 9 am. Canon Alan is attending a meeting in York.

We are back

Please remember after a weekend of no Mass, either in person or by live stream we are now back to normal starting with Mass at 5.30pm this evening.!

Support the CAFOD Emergency Response Team

CAFOD continue to work with populations and agencies to help support those people who are suffering hardship around the world. Most of us will be aware of the recent events in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti which is already struggling from the effects of...

No weekday morning Mass this week

Please note, there will be no weekday morning Mass this week, in person or online. Weekend Mass is on an usual.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2021

The inaugural World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 25 July 2021. Pope Francis has given it the theme “I am with you always” from the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 28: 30). https://youtu.be/asLR_IKmhuI You can read the full message from the Holy Father...

Diocese seeks new Director of Music

The Diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and appropriately qualified Director of Music to lead the development of music within the diocese. The Director of Music, working closely with the Dean, is responsible for the day-to-day provision of...

Updated Guidance for managing COVID risk

The Bishop has released further guidance for parishes in managing the risk of COVID during Mass. Although we are due to reach 'Freedom Day' soon when the final restrictions have been lifted, we are asked to relax our processes slowly in keeping with the high incidence...

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