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

Ordinariate Scotland Events

Saturday 13th August 2022


Do you have friends or acquaintances in Aberdeen? If so, and you think they might be interested, we are beginning a monthly Ordinariate Mass in Aberdeen form August - at 12 noon on Saturday 13th August.

It will be at 12 noon on the Saturday before the second Sunday of the month - usually the second Saturday, but not always, and will, with the permission of Mgr Keith Newton, our Ordinary, anticipate the Sunday Mass. The August Mass will anticipate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will be held in the lower Chapel of the Aberdeen University Catholic Chaplaincy, Elphinstone House, 7 High Street, Aberdeen AB24 3EE in Old Aberdeen at 7 High Street opposite Kings College Chapel.

Sunday 14th August 2022


The Edinburgh Ordinariate Mass on Sunday 14th August will celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary not in St Columba’s Edinburgh but in Haddington as a mini-Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady and the Three Kings in the Lauderdale Isle, the Private Chapel in the ancient Church of St Mary in Haddington.

It will begin at 11.30am with the Ordinariate Mass in St Mary’s Catholic Church beside the entrance to the ancient Parish Church. A bring-your-own picnic lunch will be taken on the banks of the River Tyne (yes, it really is the River Tyne that flows through Haddington).

This will be followed by Evensong and Benediction sung by the Schola of Saint John Henry Newman who sing at the monthly Ordinariate Mass. This will conclude our mini-Haddington Pilgrimage.

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 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 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 Hopr-Scott who resided in Abbotsford Hourse were also received. It was 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