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

Ordinariate Scotland Events

Saturday 25th June 2022
Pilgrimage to Our Lady at Pluscarden Abbey

You are invited to join us for a Highland Ordinariate Pilgrimage to
Our Lady at Pluscarden Abbey on Saturday 25th June 2002.

Our Pilgrimage will begin at 11am with a celebration of Holy Mass according to Divine Worship: The Missal in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey, celebrating the establishing of the Ordinariates, bringing groups of Anglicans into the full communion of the Catholic Church, in what Pope Benedict XVI described,
as a way "to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift
nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as
a treasure to be shared

Programme for the Day
11am - Holy Mass according to Divine Worship: The Missal
in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey
12 noon - Picnic Lunch followed by:
A Welcome from Dom Anselm Atkinson OSB, Abbot of Pluscarden Abbey
A Talk by Dom Giles Conacher OSB, Prior of Pluscarden Abbey
about the unique link shared by the Abbey and the Ordinariate
2.30pm - Join the Monks for the Office of None in the Abbey Church

In 1906 Aelred Carlyle founded an Anglican Benedictine community on Caldey Island, South Wales. When the community came into conflict with the Bishop of Oxford in 1913 over conformity to Anglican practices, Carlyle and most of his monks were received together into the Catholic Church. In 1928 the monks of Caldey moved to Prinknash and in 1948 monastic life started again at Pluscarden.

The Benedictine Community at Pluscarden Abbey are the successors of the Caldey Island community. Members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham followed a similar path when Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate in the UK in 2011, 98 years later.

A number of items which came with the monks to Pluscarden from the Anglican community at Caldey will be used
at the Mass and there will also be a display of other items from Dom Aeldred Carlyle's days.

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Friday 14th to Monday 17th April 2023

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 2023 Pilgrimage and Conference begins on Friday 17th April at 4.30pm with a Welcome from Fr Len Black, the Senior Pastor to the Ordinariate in Scotland. It continues until Monday 17th April 2023, 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.   Full details to follow.

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