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

Ordinariate Scotland Events

Ordinariate Scotland
Pilgrimage and Conference 2023

Easter Friday 14th to Monday 17th April 2023

The Annual Pilgrimage and Conference of the Ordinariate in Scotland will be held at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin, the only medieval British monastery still being used for its original purpose and today, a thriving monastic house, a training place for Novices and a place of worship, work and reflection.

Accommodation will be in St Benedict’s Guest House in the Abbey and in St Scholastica's Retreat, the guest house by the entrance to the Abbey and where we will eat and have our meetings. Worship, according to Divine Worship, will be in the Abbey's Lady Chapel beneath its pre-Reformation vaulted ceiling with Solemn Mass on Sunday with a Schola brought together for the occasion. They will also be with us for Sung Evensong and Benediction on the Sunday evening.

The 2023 Pilgrimage and Conference begins on Friday 14th April at 4.30pm with a Welcome followed by a Guided Tour of the Abbey. It continues until Monday 17th April, ending with Holy Mass at 10.30am, followed by coffee, before departing for home. There are also options for day visitors and those unable to be present for the whole time. Transport from Elgin rail and bus stations to Pluscarden Abbey will be arranged where necessary.   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 a major event for the Ordinariate and here in Scotland in 2020 we had 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 Fr John Henry Newman. They 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 Hope-Scott were also received. Sir Walter’s baronial mansion, Abbotsford House, became the Hope-Scott's 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 lead by Mgr Keith Newton.

... more events here as the year progresses