Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Scotland
under the patronage of Saint John Henry Newman

Ordinariate Scotland Events

Friday 25th to Monday 28th March 2022

Ordinariate Scotland Pilgrimage and Conference
The Annual Pilgrimage and Conference of the Ordinariate in Scotland will be held at the Schoenstatt Scotland Retreat and Pilgrimage Centre, which not only is a tranquil and peaceful oasis at the foot of the Campsie Fells, but offers excellent en-suite accommodation, meeting and dining facilities to its guests and it has been the location for the Ordinariate Scotland Annual Pilgrimage since 2013.

The 2022 Pilgrimage and Conference begins on Friday 25th March at 4.30pm with a Welcome from Fr Len Black, the Senior Pastor to the Ordinariate in Scotland. It continues until Monday 28th March 2022, ending with Holy Mass at 10am, followed by coffee, before departing for home. There are also options for those unable to be present for the whole time.

We are delighted that our Pilgrimage will be led by our Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton P.A. It will be a great joy to have Mgr Keith with us again in Scotland and there will be plenty of opportunities to chat with him informally about the Ordinariate and anything else!

Our guest speaker is Maria Kelly. Maria has 20 years experience as a Teacher, Special Needs Co-ordinator and, before relocating to the Highlands, Special School Headteacher. She has two teenage daughters and served as a Foster Carer for 8 years to three boys. Brought up in local authority care herself, she will reflect on the role that Faith and Education can play in nurturing resilience. Maria will also reflect on her Masters research (2011) findings, pertaining to Child Mental Health and the transferable lessons in supporting people of all ages in her role as Mental Health Support Worker for Mikeysline, a charity for people in distress,

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Postponed - new date to be arranged

Ordinariate Scotland visit to Abbotsford House

The Canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman in 2019 was been a major event for the Ordinariate and here in Scotland in 2020 we haf planned to celebrate in a special way until Covid 19 hit.

Abbotsford House, near Melrose, the home of Sir Walter Scott who died in 1832, later became the home of James Hope-Scott, a good friend of John Henry Newman. The two men had become friends at Oxford where James was an influential and enthusiastic Tractarian.

Newman was received into the Catholic Church in 1845 and in 1851 both Robert and Charlotte were also received. Also at this time that Sir Walter’s baronial mansion, Abbotsford House became their home. Newman stayed with his friend at Abbotsford on numerous occasions, celebrating Holy Mass there in Sir Walter Scott’s domestic chapel in the basement of the house and later in the property’s current chapel, built by the Hope-Scott’s.

Abbotsford House

In recognition of this friendship, Newman gave two beautiful chasubles, as well as his biretta and missal, which were used by him when he visited Abbotsford. One of the chasubles is believed to include 16th century tapestry panels mounted onto 18th century silk, and the second is a fine example of a 19th century vestment.

These vestments are now the centre piece of an exhibition in the chapel at Abbotsford House, which is still used by the Catholic Church in Melrose. Our plan is that the Ordinariate in Scotland should arrange a special event, not just for ourselves but for the wider Ordinariate at Abbotsford House in 2020 lead by Mgr Keith Newton.

... more events here as the year progresses