Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough

Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough
Diocese of Middlesbrough
Dioecesis Medioburgensis

Coat of arms of the Diocese of Middlesbrough
Country England
Territory Counties of North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire together with the City of York
Ecclesiastical province Liverpool
Metropolitan Liverpool
Coordinates 54°34′23″N 1°14′17″W / 54.573°N 1.238°W / 54.573; -1.238Coordinates: 54°34′23″N 1°14′17″W / 54.573°N 1.238°W / 54.573; -1.238
Area 4,000 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
81,995 (7.2%)
Parishes 80
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 20 December 1878
Cathedral Middlesbrough Cathedral
Secular priests 93
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey
Metropolitan Archbishop Patrick Altham Kelly
Emeritus Bishops John Patrick Crowley

Diocese of Middlesbrough within the Province of Liverpool

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough is a Latin Rite Roman Catholic diocese based in Middlesbrough, England and is part of the province of Liverpool. It was founded on 20 December 1878, with the splitting of the Diocese of Beverley which had covered all 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 City of York. The Bishop's See is in Coulby Newham in the town of Middlesbrough at St Mary's Cathedral.



The diocese was created on 20 December 1878 when the then 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 diocese was for a time sede vacante after the resignation of the Right Reverend John Patrick Crowley, the 6th Bishop of Middlesbrough, on 3 May 2007 on the grounds of ill health. In November 2007, Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey was announced as Bishop Crowley's successor. Drainey was ordained as the 7th Bishop of Middlesbrough on 25 January 2008.


Below is a list of the parishes and churches which fall within the Diocese of Middlesbrough, these are presented within the local vicariates.

Northern Vicariate

Patrons: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Romuald, Bede and Luke Kirby

St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham • Sacred Heart and St Patrick, Middlesbrough • St Joseph, Middlesbrough • St Thomas More, Middlesbrough • Holy Name of Mary, Middlesbrough • St Francis of Assisi, Middlesbrough • St Alphonsus, North Ormesby • St Gabriel, Ormesby • Corpus Christi, Middlesbrough • St Clare of Assisi, Middlesbrough • St Andrew's Parish, Teesville • St Pius X, Middlesbrough • St Bernadette's, Nunthorpe • St Joseph, Stokesley • St Mary, Crathorne • St Thérèse of Lisieux, Ingleby Barwick • St Patrick, Thornaby • Christ the King, Thornaby • Ss Mary and Romuald, Yarm • Our Lady of Mount Grace, Osmotherley • St William's, Dormanstown • Sacred Heart, Redcar • St Alban, Redcar • St Augustine, Redcar • St Bede, Marske-by-the-Sea • Our Lady of Lourdes, Saltburn • St Anthony of Padua, Brotton • St Paulinus, Guisborough • Ss Joseph & Cuthbert, Loftus • Sacred Heart, Northallerton • Ss Mary & Joseph, Bedale • All Saints, Thirsk • Ss Joseph & Francis Xavier, Richmond • Ss Peter & Paul, Leyburn • St Mary's, Wycliffe • Ss Simon and Jude, Ulshaw Bridge • St Bede, Catterick • Hawes • St Joan of Arc, Catterick Garrison • St Margaret Clitherow, Great Ayton

Central Vicariate

Patron: St Hilda

St Wilfrid's YorkSt George's York • St Joseph, York • St Aelred, York • English Martyrs York • Our Lady, York • St Paulinus, York • St Joseph, Green Hammerton • St Margaret Clitherow, Haxby • University Chaplaincy Centre, York • Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow, York • St Bede's Pastoral Centre, York • Ss Mary & Everilda, Everingham • St Hilda (English Martyrs Sleights), Whitby • St Hedda, Egton Bridge • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Lealholm • St Anne, Ugthorpe • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Staithes • St Edward the Confessor, Scarborough • St Joseph, Newby • St George's, Scarborough • St Peter's, Scarborough • St Mary, Filey • Ss Leonard & Mary, Malton • St Joseph, Pickering • St Laurence’s Abbey, Ampleforth • Our Lady and St Benedict, Ampleforth • Our Lady and the Holy Angels, Gilling East • St Aidan, Oswaldkirk • St Mary, Helmsley • St John the Evangelist, Easingwold • St Chad, Kirkbymoorside

Southern Vicariate

Patrons: Everilda and Willibrord

Ss Mary and Joseph, Pocklington • St John of Beverley, Beverley • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Market Weighton • St John the Baptist, Holme-on-Spalding Moor • Our Lady & St Peter, Bridlington • Our Lady & St Edward, Driffield • Holy Cross, Cottingham • St Anthony and Our Lady of Mercy, Hull • Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Peter Chanel, Hull • St Charles Borromeo, Hull • St Joseph, Hull • Holy Name, Hull • St Vincent De Paul, Hull • Corpus Christi, Hull • St Wilfrid, Hull • Our Lady of Lourdes, Hessle • St Willibrord University Chaplaincy, Hull • Sacred Heart, Hull • St Bede, Hull • St Stephen, Hull • St Francis of Assisi, Hull • St Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Hull • Ss Mary & Joseph, Hedon • Sacred Heart, Hornsea • Ss Peter & John Fisher, Withernsea • Most Holy Sacrament, Marton

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