Terence Brain

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The Right Reverend
Terence Brain
Bishop Emeritus of Salford
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Bishop Terence Brain
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Liverpool
Diocese Salford
Appointed 2 September 1997
Installed 7 October 1997
Term ended 30 September 2014
Predecessor Patrick Altham Kelly
Successor John Arnold
Ordination 22 February 1964
by Francis Joseph Grimshaw
Consecration 25 April 1991
by Maurice Noël Léon Couve de Murville
Personal details
Birth name Terence John Brain
Born (1938-12-19) 19 December 1938 (age 79)
Coventry, England
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Terence Brain (born 19 December 1938 in Coventry, England) is the Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford.


Bishop Brain attended King Henry VIII Grammar School and Cotton College before training for the priesthood at Oscott College, Sutton Coldfield. He was ordained as a priest by Archbishop Grimshaw in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham on 22 February 1964.[1]

Priestly and Episcopal career[edit]

In 1964 he was appointed as an assistant priest in Longton, Staffordshire although after a year he returned to Cotton College and remained there for four years. After that he worked at Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham as their chaplain for two years and later went on to serve as secretary to Archbishop George Dwyer (until he retired) and then to Archbishop Maurice Noël Léon Couve de Murville.[1]

Terence became the priest to a series of parishes in the Midlands area, including Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. On 5 February 1991, he was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham and appointed Titular Bishop of Amudarsa.

He was appointed as the Bishop of Salford and head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford on 2 September 1997 and installed on 7 October of that year.

Bishop Brain's resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. That same day, the Pope appointed Bishop John Arnold, one of the auxiliary bishops and vicars general of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, as Bishop Brain's successor.[2] Bishop Brain then retired to live in Alkrington.

Other work[edit]

Terence Brain has been heavily involved with education and from 1986-1991 he was a member of Staffordshire Education Committee and Schools Commissioner for Staffordshire. He has been much involved with the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage and has served as the director for a number of years. In 1995 he chaired a working party for the Bishop's Conference on child abuse which led to the pastoral document Healing the Wound.[3][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ a b Right Reverend Terence Brain Archived 25 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. The Catholic Church in England and Wales website. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2014/09/30/0691/01525.html
  3. ^ Salford Diocese. Graham's Home Page. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Patrick Kelly
Bishop of Salford
Succeeded by
John Arnold