Ordination of new Bishop of Middlesbrough

 An informal note was struck during the episcopal ordination of Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey at St Mary's Cathedral, on Friday, when he was referred to as "Terry" from the altar. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Faustina Sainz Munoz talked in his address of "dear Bishop Terry" and Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool, who performed the ordination ceremony, twice called him "Terry." Afterwards the new bishop, a 58-year-old Manchester-born priest, who has been president of Ushaw College, Durham, said he would like to be known as Bishop Terry, except on official occasions like during Mass when the full Terence Patrick will be used. The two names have been picked to avoid confusion with Bishop Terence Brain of Salford, the new bishop's home diocese. Bishop Drainey's only sibling, his sister Mrs Pat Paver, of St Ann's parish, Fairfield, Manchester, was present with her husband Harry. Both his father Joseph Patrick Drainey, who was an optician in St Willibrord's parish, Clayton, Manchester, and mother Mary Elizabeth, are deceased. Bishop Drainey carried an ornate crozier, which had been loaned for the ceremony by York Minster. It had originally been a personal gift to Bishop James Smith in about 1688 from Queen Catherine of Braganza, widow of King Charles 11. Bishop Smith had been the first vicar apostolic of the northern district, the establishment of which led to the ancient Catholic hierarchy being restored in 1850. The 700-strong congregation applauded at the end of the two-hour ceremony. It was attended by ecumenical guests plus civic leaders from all over the Tees-to-Humber diocese. Bishop Drainey will go on a "meet the people" tour of his diocese from today until Thursday.

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