Thursday, September 21, 2017
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DOUBLE DIACONATE ORDINATION: Two permanent deacons were ordained for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh on Saturday 16 September, the Feast of St Ninian, with the ordination of Deacon Pat Carrigan and Deacon Gerry Sheridan at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh.   Read the Full Story
VENERABLE MARGARET SINCLAIR PILGRIMAGE 2017: Hundreds of pilgrims from across Scotland descended upon Edinburgh Sunday 17 September to pray for the beatification of Venerable Margaret Sinclair (1900-1925) at St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate, her home parish and final resting place. Read the Full Story
A VIP CONFIRMATION CEREMONY: 9-year-old Mateusz Stukan is a very special boy. In June, illness prevented Mateusz from making his Confirmation with his classmates from St John’s Primary in Rosyth, Fife. So, instead, Archbishop Leo Cushley invited him to the Archbishop’s residence, St Bennet's in Edinburgh, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in a ceremony…just for Mateusz. Read the Full Story
CEMETERY FRAUD CONVICTION: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh today welcomed the conviction of the former Superintendent of the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Edinburgh, 46-year-old Willie Henderson, after he pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of pounds from the Archdiocese in a fraudulent scheme that involved selling forged burial deeds to grieving families. “There are two victims of Willie Henderson’s criminal behaviour: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh which has been defrauded of thousands of pounds but, much more significantly and disturbingly, is the impact on those families who were exploited by him at a time when they were grieving and vulnerable. That’s why his crimes are so shocking,” said Dr Elspeth Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, 31 August. “The Archdiocese deeply regrets the criminal activities of Willie Henderson and has been working hard over the past months to offer both pastoral and practical support to those families affected by his actions and we will, of course, continue to do so in the months to come.” Read the Full Story
BLESSED OSCAR ROMERO CENTENARY: The Scottish Parliament will mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero with a visit from the US Catholic Church’s top social justice official on Tuesday, 7 November. Dr Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will deliver Holyrood’s Time for Reflection followed by an evening lecture to a select group of parliamentarians. Dr Reyes is visiting Scotland as a guest of Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Read the Full Story
GOLDEN DAY FOR SISTER JOSEPHINE: It was a golden day at Carmel in Dysart, Fife, as Sister Josephine of the Sacred Heart recently celebrated 50 years as a professed Discalced Carmelite. “I’m excited, pleased, happy, grateful, a little bit nervous, very thrilled to have Archbishop Cushley and family from far and wide here today and, most importantly, I’m very grateful to God for all he’s done for me,” said Sister Josephine,“I’ve been sustained over the past 50 years by the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also the love of his mother – that’s not just a corny answer, it really is true.” Read the Full Story
CURIAL REFORM BRIEFING: On Monday 7 August, Archbishop Leo Cushley announced the proposed reform of the Curia of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. This started a period of consultation with the curial staff affected. Below is the Archbishop Cushley’s message outlining his rationale for renewing the structure of the Curia as he “endeavours to build and live a Vatican II Church” in collaboration with the clergy and laity of the Archdiocese. Appropriately, the Archbishop unveiled his proposal to the existing curial staff and was keen to reassure them that any proposed structural renewal in no way reflects upon their professional competence or commitment to the Archdiocese which is, of course, greatly valued.   Read the Full Story
GILLIS CENTRE BED & BREAKFAST UPDATE: On Monday 7 August, the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh announced the proposed closure of the Gillis Centre Bed & Breakfast in Edinburgh. This started a period of consultation with those Gillis Centre staff affected. Below is a statement from the Trustees outlining why they reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that the proposed closure of the Gillis Centre Bed & Breakfast was in the best interests of good charitable governance. It also pays tribute to the hard working staff at the Centre and offers them every support in the months to come.  Read the Full Story
FATIMA PILGRIMAGE 2017: Archbishop Leo Cushley is delighted to invite you and your family to join him on this year's Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh Pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal, 19 - 26 October 2017. The visit coincides with the centenary of Our Lady's appearance to three young shepherds in the small Portuguese town and will be led by Archbishop Cushley himself. Read the Full Story
HOLY MASS & CONFESSION FINDER APP LAUNCH: Beneath the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and amid the skirl of the Scottish bagpipes, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh has unveiled what is thought to be the world’s first interactive, GPS-powered, Holy Mass and Confession finder app. “This is a little bit of smart technology that could make a big impact on how the the Catholic Church brings the mercy of God and the joy of the Gospel to our contemporary world,” said the Archbishop, Tuesday 23 November in Rome. Read the Full Story



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The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick J. Burke VG
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Director for Evangelization and Mission Awareness
The Very Reverend Leo Canon Glancy
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