Archbishop Leo Cushley joined members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) on Saturday at its annual national Mass in Edinburgh.

In St Margaret’s Chapel, Gillis Centre, he encouraged members to continue their good work in helping the poor and to take inspiration from the Blessed Virgin Mary’s “compassionate love”.

On the Feast Day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, he said: “Be compassionate as Our Lady is compassionate towards all our brothers and sisters, no matter who they are, no matter what they are, no matter the circumstances.” 

Following Mass, members had the opportunity to venerate the relic of St Vincent de Paul before enjoying a buffet.

Organiser Richard Steinbach, the society’s diocesan president for St Andrews & Edinburgh, and vice national president (pictured second from left), said: “Our national Mass reminds us that the work of the society is rooted in the following Christ and His message to help our neighbour and anyone in need.

"Our faith informs our practical activities - this includes providing furniture and white goods to those who need it, caravan holidays for families, groceries, home and hospital visits and so much more.  We are there for people in their time of need."

National President Danny Collins (right in picture) added: “Thanks to everyone for attending. It’s great to catch-up with members from across Scotland on what is such a special day for the society.”

The SSVP is a Catholic lay organisation where members carry out their faith by helping those in need. To find out more, visit