Portrait of Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey
A newly painted portrait of Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey

The Right Reverend Terence Patrick Drainey, seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough, was ordained Bishop on 25th January 2008 at Saint Mary’s Cathedral by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool.


Born in Manchester on 1st August 1949, Bishop Terry was ordained to the priesthood on 12th July 1975.


Terence Patrick Drainey STB was born in Manchester 01.08.1949. He went to Ushaw College as a student in the Junior House but left before entering 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

Bishop Terry’s homilies, pastoral letters and podcasts can be found at