Bishop Terence Drainey ordained and installed seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough

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The Right Reverend Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey, a priest of the Salford Diocese and formerly President of Ushaw Seminary, Durham was today ordained and installed as seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough by Archbishop Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, in St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough. He succeeds Bishop John Crowley who resigned on health grounds in May 2007.

The Papal Nucio, His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, joined archbishops and bishops from dioceses across England and Wales. The Diocese of Middlesbrough also welcomed representatives of the Church from Scotland and Ireland.

Bishop Robert Ladds, representing the Archbishop of York led the ecumenical guests together with the Rt Revd John Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough, Bishop Tom Wright of Durham and representatives of the Methodists, Salvation Army, Baptists, United Reformed Church and Society of Friends.

The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, led the Civic Guests who included members of the House of Lords, House of Commons, local Mayors and the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council. Bishop Drainey’s sister, brother in law and other family members were also present.

The ordination service opened with a welcome to the new Bishop from The Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Gerard Dasey who has been in charge of the Diocese since Bishop Crowley’s resignation. Monsignor Drainey was presented to Archbishop Kelly for ordination by Father John Lumley (Middlesbrough) and Father Bob Lasia (Salford). The mandate from Pope Benedict for his appointment was then read by Very Reverend Canon Alan Sheridan, the Diocesan Chancellor.

After the ordination of the new Bishop, he was invested with the symbols of his office – ring, mitre and pastoral staff. The ring was presented to the Archbishop by Sister Mary of Carmel (Prioress of Thicket Priory, York), the Mitre by Sister Moira Cashmore of the Faithful Companions of Jesus in Middlesbrough (who had worked with the Bishop when he was an assistant priest in Salford), and the Crozier by Bishop John Crowley. For this most important event, the Diocese of York had loaned Middlesbrough the ‘Braganza’ Crozier which dates back to the 1600’s when it was presented to Bishop James Smith, the Catholic Vicar Apostolic for the North. It eventually found a home in York Minster and is loaned by them for use by Yorkshire Catholic Bishops on important occasions.

The new Bishop was then led by Archbishop Kelly to his chair (Cathedra) and installed as Bishop.

Just prior to the end of the ordination Mass, the Papal Nuncio spoke to the Congregation, and a letter was read from Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor who was overseas on Church business and so could not be present. Bishop Drainey then addressed the priests, religious and people of the Diocese. In accordance with tradition, he was then led through his Cathedral by the two Bishops (Brain and Roche) who had assisted in his ordination giving his blessing to all present.

Episcopal Ordination homily preached by the Most Rev Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool

“[Bishop Drainey] you are entrusted with the deepest good news for all nations: because you are formed by the Holy Spirit, by daily conversion of heart, you are established as witness and bearer of the absolute assurance of forgiveness and reconciliation.”

Homily preached by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, at the Episcopal Ordination of Right Reverend Terence Drainey as seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough.

Bishop Drainey’s personal statement on the occasion of his ordination

“Beatam Spem – Joyful Hope; this has been my personal motto for quite a number of years now. It is the motto that I would like to take for my ministry here in this diocese of Middlesbrough. It is in this spirit of Joyful Hope that I come to you.”

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Born in Manchester 01.08.1949.

He attended Ushaw College as a student in the Junior House but left before entering the Major Seminary. Eventually he was sent to the Royal English College Valladolid in Spain where he studied in the Augustinian Studium of the University of the Comillas.

He was ordained for the diocese of Salford in 1975 and worked for ten years as an assistant priest. In 1986 he was loaned to the Archdiocese of Kisumu in Western Kenya as a “fidei donum” priest.

On his return in 1991 he worked as parish priest until he was appointed spiritual director to the Royal English College of St Albans at Valladolid in 1997. During this time, the staff of the College embarked on the project of developing a propaedeutic or foundational year to help candidates thoroughly prepare for priestly formation. He eventually became the Director of this programme.

He was appointed to the position of President of St Cuthbert’s College Ushaw in June 2003.

On 12th April 2006 he was made a papal chaplain by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

He was appointed the seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough by Pope Benedict on 17th November 2007

The Diocese of Middlesbrough covers most of North Yorkshire, the whole of East Yorkshire, some parts of County Durham South of the River Tees, the cities of York and Hull and the town of Middlesbrough.

The Bishop of Middlesbrough, Emeritus The Right Reverend John Crowley was installed as the sixth Bishop of Middlesbrough on 18th January 1993 and stepped down from his responsibilities on 3 May 2007.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey will be Ordained as Seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough on Friday 25 January 2008