July 19, 2018
The flyer above is a save the date notice for a young people’s event being organised on 2nd – 4th November 2018 by the Vocation’s Forum of the Conference for Religious in Scotland.
The forum has recently been re-established and this event is part of a longer term strategy to make religious life more visible and relevant here in Scotland.
A full programme for the event will be available in early August but we wanted to make you aware of the event as early as possible in the hope that you will be able to help us in one of three ways.
Firstly, if you have anyone who you think may be interested in the event you can register your interest and reserve a place(s).
Secondly, you can sponsor a place(s) for a young person(s) to attend. Cost £50 and cheques should be made payable to the Conference of Religious Scotland and sent to me at the address below.
Thirdly, you can help publicise the event through your contacts, parish groups and social media.
And, of course we would be most grateful if you could keep this project in your prayers. If you need further information, please feel free to get in touch.
Sr Roseann Reddy
on behalf of the CRS Vocation Forum Core Group
Sr Gill McCambridge
Sr Francis Kelly
Conference of Religious Scotland
c/o Sr Roseann 106 Dixon Avenue, Glasgow G42 8EL
November 10, 2017
BBC4 has done a TV series about various Benedictine monasteries in the UK. Each episode has scenes filmed at the monastery- from the monks at prayer and work. Calm, quiet, uplifting and an interesting insight to the lives of monks, which an outsider would not normally see. The monasteries covered are: Downside Abbey, Pluscarden Abbey and Belmont Abbey.
Available to view on BBC i-player http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09c0hwb/episodes/player
November 8, 2017
A TV series has recently been on channel 5 about five young women who live a party lifestyle visiting the convent of the Sacred Heart in Swaffham, Norfolk. Beautiful to see the positive effect that this spiritual experience has on the young women. Worth a ‘watch again’ if you’ve not seen it.
June 1, 2017
Yesterday, 31st May, was the Feast of the Visitation and the Day for Life in Scotland. We celebrated with Mass in our chapel. The celebrant was Fr Ross Campbell. Sr Jess transitioned to the next stage of discernment and formation, noviciate.
Every day, at 3 pm, we say a prayer for life. This is a prayer to Our Lady, from the ‘Gospel of Life’ 105. We invite you to join us in this daily prayer:
“O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a Gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilisation of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.”
April 21, 2017
We have been blessed to get to know some Nigerian Sisters who are missionaries in Dundee! They are Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ (IHM). In Dundee their work is to support the St Ninian Pastoral Institute. What a change for them to move to Dundee from Nigeria!
They very kindly hosted Sr Andrea and Jess on a visit to Dundee, when Sr Andrea spoke at the SPUC afternoon for life and the opening rally of 40 Days for Life. Their hospitality was incredible- they had handmade welcome cards and did a welcome song and dance around the dining table for us. Prayers with them was such a joyful experience- they brought out their drums and cymbals and had a perfect sense of rhythm. Sr Andrea is planning to start up Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in the Dundee area and is looking to form a team to lead the retreats, do get in touch if you are interested. One of the Nigerian Sisters has kindly volunteered to be involved with Rachel’s Vineyard.
We were delighted that they were able to visit Glasgow, when their Regional Superior from Rome came to Scotland. The Sisters joined us for lunch and a tour of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Then Sr Andrea took them to see the sights of Glasgow and they were able to meet Fr Joseph Uwah, a Nigerian priest in St Andrew’s Cathedral.
April 19, 2017
We watched a documentary about the life of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Bradford. A fun and inspiring watch, gives a good insight into what religious life is like.
Still available on BBC i-player if you missed it!
April 18, 2017
We had the pleasure of hosting two Nashville Domincans, Sr Teresa Anne and Sr Mary Amata, who came over from their convent in the Netherlands to Glasgow for a TEFL conference. On their day off, we took them sight-seeing around Glasgow, to Loch Lomond and over to Dunfermline. In Dunfermline, Fr Chris Heenan very kindly gave us a tour of the St Margaret of Scotland related sights. It was great to see the cave in which St Margaret of Scotland went to pray, now located under a car park and accessed via a tunnel! There is a wealth of information about her life on boards as you walk down the tunnel. We also saw Dunfermline Abbey, where the remains of St Margaret and her husband King Malcolm Canmore are buried. The grave of Robert De Bruce is also there. We finished our tour of Dunfermline with a visit to St Margaret’s Memorial Church, which holds a relic of St Margaret (part of her shoulder blade). In the evening we paid a visit to Sr Margaret’s Church in South Queensferry for stations of the cross followed by dinner with Fr Scott Deeley. We continue to pray for the Sisters in their missionary work in the Netherlands.
We plan to return to Dunfermline for the annual national pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret, on Sunday 11th June.