April 26, 2017
This years National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline, in honour of St Margaret of Scotland, will be on Sunday 11th June 2017.
“This will be a real family event to which everybody in Scotland – not just Catholics – are invited given that St Margaret is an inspirational figure for all Scots as well as a heavenly protectress of the people of our land,” said Fr Chris Heenan, Parish Priest of St Margaret’s Memorial Church.
The roots of the summer pilgrimage dates back to June 1250 when the relics of Saint Margaret were translated to a new shrine in Dunfermline Abbey following her canonisation that year by Pope Innocent IV. An annual summer pilgrimage to Dunfermline soon emerged becoming a celebrated fixture within Scottish national life until the late 16th century. It was then re-established in 1899 and continued again until 1974. The pilgrimage was revived in 2015, after an absence 41 years.
We look forward to going and will be organising a bus from Glasgow to Dunfermline if enough people are interested.
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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.