Clergy appointments announced

Archbishop Leo Cushley has announced the following clergy appointments.

Effective immediately:

The Reverend Martin ECKERSLEY to become Assistant Priest at St Mary’s, Stirling.

Effective 1 July 2024:

The Reverend Edward WANAT SDS to retire;

The Reverend Jinesh MATHEW to become Administrator of St Mary’s, Haddington, & St Gabriel’s, Prestonpans;

The Very Reverend Scott DEELEY VE to step down as Chancellor;

The Reverend Robert TAYLOR is appointed Chancellor;

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Canon BURKE VG to step down as Chair of the Trustees of the Archdiocese;

The Very Reverend Scott DEELEY VE is appointed Chair of the Trustees of the Archdiocese;

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Canon BURKE VG to step down as Moderator of the Curia and;

The Very Reverend Jeremy MILNE VE is appointed Moderator of the Curia.

Effective 6 September 2024:

The Right Reverend Monsignor Allan Canon CHAMBERS VG to become Administrator of St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk;

The Reverend Peter SHANKLAND to become Assistant Priest at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk;

The Reverend Michael John GALBRAITH to become Parish Priest of The Immaculate Conception (St Mary’s), Bathgate;

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Canon BURKE VG to become Parish Priest of St James’s, St Andrews, and Chaplain to St Andrews University Catholics;

The Very Reverend Jeremy MILNE VE to become Administrator of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh;

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Canon BURKE VG to step down as Vicar General;

The Very Reverend Jeremy MILNE VE is appointed Vicar General;

The Very Reverend Jamie McMORRIN to become Adminstrator of SS. John the Baptist & Kentigern’s, West Edinburgh, in addition to St Margaret’s, Davidsons Mains;

The Reverend Paul HENDERSON to become Assistant Priest at St Margaret’s, Davidsons Mains, and SS. John the Baptist & Kentigern’s, Edinburgh;

The Reverend John McINNES to retire;

The Reverend Ajeesh GEORGE CST to become Administrator of St Bernadette’s, Larbert;

The Very Reverend Ryszard Canon HOLUKA to retire;

The Reverend Matthew NGYIE to become Administrator of St Joseph’s, Bonnybridge;

The Reverend Joshua KAURAS to become Assistant Priest at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk;

The Reverend Emmanuel CHORBE to become Assistant Priest at SS. Mary & David’s, Hawick;

The Reverend Jacob KABAMBA KABAMBA to become Administrator of St Margaret’s, South Queensferry, and;

The Reverend Alexander LONGS OSA to become Administrator of St Kessog’s, Blanefield.

Also effective 6 September 2024

The Reverend Andrew GARDEN to step down as Vocations Director;

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Canon BURKE VG to become Vocations Director with Sr Mirjam HUGENS FSO;

The Reverend William McQUILLAN and the Reverend Robert TAYLOR to become Assistant Vocations Directors;

The Very Reverend Jeremy MILNE VE to step down as Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families;

The Reverend Benedict IWATT to become Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families;

Sr Miriam Ruth RYAN RSM to become Archdiocesan Director of Catechetics and Chair of the Catechetics Commission.

Archbishop Cushley thanks all those involved in these moves for their faithful service to God and to the people of the Archdiocese.

WATCH: Assisted dying in Canada - a warning to Scotland

The dangers of assisted suicide were highlighted last night (13 June) by Ramona Coelho, a doctor based in Canada which has Medical Assistance in Dying.

She shares harrowing accounts of how the most vulnerable people in society, including the disabled, the elderly and those with mental health issues - are particularly at risk.

Watch below or on YouTube (30 min webinar with chapters).

Tell MSPs to oppose Assisted Suicide for Scotland. You can submit your views to The Scottish Parliament here. Submissions should be made by Friday 16 August. 

SUNDAY! Join us in Dunfermline for the St Margaret Pilgrimage

Join hundreds of people in Dunfermline this Sunday (23 June) for the St Margaret Pilgrimage.

The annual event sees the return of the popular procession through the city centre led by Archbishop Leo Cushley.

He said: "St Margaret's influence and legacy is extraordinary and much of her work was done in the historic capital of Dunfermline.

"Her virtue and holiness helped transform not just her own family but the life of the nation for the next thousand years.

"So I invite you to join us as a pilgrim on Sunday 23 June as we process with her holy relic up through the High Street to St Margaret's Memorial Church where we will celebrate Holy Mass in her honour."

The procession will gather at the Louise Carnegie on Bridge Street (opposite the Seven Kings Pub) at 2:00pm.

Earlier in the day there will be an outdoor prayer service at the tomb of St Margaret at the historic Dunfermline Abbey, led by Archbishop Cushley (12:30pm).

Why not spend the day in Dunfermline and take advantage of what the historic city has to offer? You can enjoy a wander around Abbot House and its gardens, visit Andrews Carnegie's Birthplace Museum and enjoy the beauty of Pittencrieff Park (known locally as 'The Glen'). See

We recommend that pilgrims visit St Margaret's Cave, and descend the atmospheric 87 steps where St Margaret prayed over 900 years ago. Open on the day from 12:15pm-3:30pm.



The roots of the summer pilgrimage date back to June 1250 when the relics of Saint Margaret were translated to a new shrine in Dunfermline Abbey following her canonisation by Pope Innocent IV.

A pilgrimage to Dunfermline soon emerged and continued until the late 16th Century. It was then resurrected in 1899 and continued again until 1974.

Archbishop Cushley revived it in 2015 and it has continued since then, except a hiatus due to the pandemic.

Scottish Parliament votes to criminalise peaceful prayer vigils

MSPs have voted to criminalise pro-life vigils around hospitals and clinics where abortions are performed.

Despite repeated warnings from the Catholic Parliamentary Office and other pro-life organisations about the negative impact on fundamental rights, including the freedom to pray, 118 MSPs voted in favour of the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill, with just one MSP, John Mason, voting against.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has repeatedly condemned all harassment and intimidation of people, including those attending hospitals and other medical facilities.


The Conference has also pointed out that laws are already in place to protect people from such unacceptable behaviour.

It is significant that, in written evidence to the Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, Police Scotland stated that “existing powers and offences (whether statutory or common law) are sufficient to address any unlawful behaviour in the vicinity of health care premises.”

Some MSPs did raise concerns about the threat to silent prayer and a few suggested helpful amendments to the Bill, including a reasonableness defence and a specific exemption for chaplains who may be caught by the law and criminalised for having conversations about abortion.

However, these were either withdrawn or voted down by the Parliament.


Despite Police Scotland raising significant concerns about policing silent prayer the Parliament has pressed ahead with this chilling law.

When asked about the possibility of having to police people’s thoughts, including whether they were silently praying, Superintendent Gerry Corrigan told the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee that policing thought is an area “we would stay clear of”, later adding “I do not think we could go down the road of asking people what they are thinking or what their thoughts are. That feels really uncomfortable.”

People have already been arrested for praying silently in England and, with the passing of this Bill, this may now happen in Scotland.

Furthermore, the Bill gives the government extensive powers to extend restrictions to other buildings or places where “treatments or services relating to abortion services are provided” as protected premises.

This may in time include GP surgeries, sexual health clinics and pharmacies, resulting in potentially hundreds of zones being set up around the country.

It is troubling that the law could also apply to the actions of a person inside their own home and apply to other buildings including churches and schools within the designated zone. For example, placing a pro-life poster in the window of a private home could be considered criminal behaviour.

Below is a list of how MSPs voted on the Bill. Please note that some MSPs were not present for the vote.

Against the Bill;

Mason, John (Glasgow Shettleston) (SNP)

For the Bill

Adam, George (Paisley) (SNP)

Adam, Karen (Banffshire and Buchan Coast) (SNP)

Adamson, Clare (Motherwell and Wishaw) (SNP)

Allan, Alasdair (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP)

Arthur, Tom (Renfrewshire South) (SNP)

Baillie, Jackie (Dumbarton) (Lab)

Baker, Claire (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

Beattie, Colin (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (SNP)

Bibby, Neil (West Scotland) (Lab)

Boyack, Sarah (Lothian) (Lab)

Briggs, Miles (Lothian) (Con)

Brown, Keith (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane) (SNP)

Brown, Siobhian (Ayr) (SNP)

Burgess, Ariane (Highlands and Islands) (Green)

Burnett, Alexander (Aberdeenshire West) (Con)

Carlaw, Jackson (Eastwood) (Con)

Carson, Finlay (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con)

Chapman, Maggie (North East Scotland) (Green)

Choudhury, Foysol (Lothian) (Lab)

Clark, Katy (West Scotland) (Lab)

Coffey, Willie (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (SNP)

Cole-Hamilton, Alex (Edinburgh Western) (LD)

Constance, Angela (Almond Valley) (SNP)

Dey, Graeme (Angus South) (SNP)

Don, Natalie (Renfrewshire North and West) (SNP)

Doris, Bob (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (SNP)

Dornan, James (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

Dowey, Sharon (South Scotland) (Con)

Dunbar, Jackie (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP)

Duncan-Glancy, Pam (Glasgow) (Lab)

Eagle, Tim (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Ewing, Annabelle (Cowdenbeath) (SNP)

Ewing, Fergus (Inverness and Nairn) (SNP)

Fairlie, Jim (Perthshire South and Kinross-shire) (SNP)

Findlay, Russell (West Scotland) (Con)

FitzPatrick, Joe (Dundee City West) (SNP)

Forbes, Kate (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

Gallacher, Meghan (Central Scotland) (Con)

Gibson, Kenneth (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

Gilruth, Jenny (Mid Fife and Glenrothes) (SNP)

Golden, Maurice (North East Scotland) (Con)

Gosal, Pam (West Scotland) (Con)

Grahame, Christine (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (SNP)

Grant, Rhoda (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

Gray, Neil (Airdrie and Shotts) (SNP)

Greene, Jamie (West Scotland) (Con)

Greer, Ross (West Scotland) (Green)

Griffin, Mark (Central Scotland) (Lab)

Gulhane, Sandesh (Glasgow) (Con)

Hamilton, Rachael (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con)

Harper, Emma (South Scotland) (SNP)

Harvie, Patrick (Glasgow) (Green)

Haughey, Clare (Rutherglen) (SNP)

Hepburn, Jamie (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) (SNP)

Hoy, Craig (South Scotland) (Con)

Hyslop, Fiona (Linlithgow) (SNP)

Johnson, Daniel (Edinburgh Southern) (Lab)

Halcro Johnston, Jamie (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Kerr, Liam (North East Scotland) (Con)

Kidd, Bill (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP)

Lennon, Monica (Central Scotland) (Lab)

Leonard, Richard (Central Scotland) (Lab)

MacDonald, Gordon (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

MacGregor, Fulton (Coatbridge and Chryston) (SNP)

Mackay, Gillian (Central Scotland) (Green)

Mackay, Rona (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP)

Macpherson, Ben (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP)

Maguire, Ruth (Cunninghame South) (SNP)

Marra, Michael (North East Scotland) (Lab)

Martin, Gillian (Aberdeenshire East) (SNP)

McAllan, Màiri (Clydesdale) (SNP)

McArthur, Liam (Orkney Islands) (LD)

McCall, Roz (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

McKee, Ivan (Glasgow Provan) (SNP)

McKelvie, Christina (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse) (SNP)

McLennan, Paul (East Lothian) (SNP)

McMillan, Stuart (Greenock and Inverclyde) (SNP)

McNair, Marie (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

McNeill, Pauline (Glasgow) (Lab)

Minto, Jenni (Argyll and Bute) (SNP)

Mochan, Carol (South Scotland) (Lab)

Mountain, Edward (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Mundell, Oliver (Dumfriesshire) (Con)

Nicoll, Audrey (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine) (SNP)

O’Kane, Paul (West Scotland) (Lab)

Regan, Ash (Edinburgh Eastern) (Alba)

Rennie, Willie (North East Fife) (LD)

Robertson, Angus (Edinburgh Central) (SNP)

Robison, Shona (Dundee City East) (SNP)

Roddick, Emma (Highlands and Islands) (SNP)

Ross, Douglas (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Rowley, Alex (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

Ruskell, Mark (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green)

Sarwar, Anas (Glasgow) (Lab)

Simpson, Graham (Central Scotland) (Con)

Slater, Lorna (Lothian) (Green)

Smith, Liz (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Smyth, Colin (South Scotland) (Lab)

Somerville, Shirley-Anne (Dunfermline) (SNP)

Stevenson, Collette (East Kilbride) (SNP)

Stewart, Alexander (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Stewart, Kaukab (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

Stewart, Kevin (Aberdeen Central) (SNP)

Sturgeon, Nicola (Glasgow Southside) (SNP)

Sweeney, Paul (Glasgow) (Lab)

Swinney, John (Perthshire North) (SNP)

Thomson, Michelle (Falkirk East) (SNP)

Todd, Maree (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

Torrance, David (Kirkcaldy) (SNP)

Tweed, Evelyn (Stirling) (SNP)

Villalba, Mercedes (North East Scotland) (Lab) [Proxy vote cast by Richard Leonard]

Wells, Annie (Glasgow) (Con)

White, Tess (North East Scotland) (Con)

Whitfield, Martin (South Scotland) (Lab)

Whitham, Elena (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) (SNP)

Whittle, Brian (South Scotland) (Con)

Wishart, Beatrice (Shetland Islands) (LD)

Yousaf, Humza (Glasgow Pollok) (SNP)

This article is from the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office.

WATCH: Study Catholic Theology in Edinburgh

Find out about studying Catholic theology in Edinburgh this September with our Open Evening Webinar.

It's a chance to hear from course leaders of the MA in Applied Catholic Theology. We also chat to a recent graduate of the course, and give you a whistlestop tour of the Gillis Centre Campus.

The video is divided into chapters so you can quickly find the section you want, and includes a Q&A section with attendees. Watch below or on YouTube.


The MA in Applied Catholic Theology is a two year, part-time course hosted by St Mary's University, Twickenham, at its Scottish Campus in Edinburgh. SAAS funding now available.

Find out more at or email the course leader Dr Susan Longhurst, who will be happy to answer your questions

The Open Evening webinar was broadcast on Zoom on Wednesday 29 May 2024. 

Pastoral Letter for Day for Life

Bishop John Keenan is calling on Catholics to renew their commitment to opposing attempts to introduce assisted suicide in Scotland.

He made the comments in a pastoral letter to be shared with Catholics this Sunday to mark the annual Day for Life.

Bishop John, of Paisley Diocese, has episcopal responsibility for Life Issues in Scotland.

He said: "Our faith teaches us that there is no such thing as a useless life, and to reverence the gift of life to its natural end.

"Assisted suicide sends a message to disabled people that they are a burden and puts pressure on the vulnerable to opt to die, as in Oregon where half of those who chose assisted suicide felt a burden on their families, communities and healthcare system."

He added: "When the elderly and disabled are worried about being a burden, our response should be to commit ourselves to providing care and compassion to help them have a life worth living."

Day for Life

The annual Day for Life is celebrated on Sunday 16 June. It highlights Church teaching that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death.

The theme is The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life.

Day for Life is celebrated each year across three Episcopal Conferences - England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Bishop John Sherrington (England and Wales), Bishop Kevin Doran (Ireland), and Bishop John Keenan (Scotland) commend this year’s theme.

A special collection will take place at vigil and Sunday Mass on Sunday 16 June for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland's Apostolate for Life.

A resource document can be found here.

A debate on end-of-life issues has been in the headlines in Scotland, with the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill being introduced at Holyrood.

Bishop Keenan added:  "The Day for Life is an invitation for us to renew our calling personally and as a society to care for others at the end of their lives, and to help our culture to see the end of life as an occasion for spiritual growth filled with grace and love."

Read the pastoral letter here. Day for Life Resources can be accessed here. The Day for Life takes place on Sunday 16 June.


To tie in with the Day for Life, the Archdiocese is hosting a workshop: 'Called to Care, Not to Kill'.

It takes place on Tuesday 18 June at 7:00pm in The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh.

The workshop is free and you can register here.

By the end of the workshop you'll be able to engage with, and inform others, in plain language, about key concerns arising from Assisted Suicide bill.

This initiative will be supported by the Campaign Against Assisted Dying group (CAAD), who have experience in such development work, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office.

GALLERY: Celebrating the Caritas Awards!

Archbishop Cushley has congratulated senior pupils from across the Archdiocese for their charitable work in the church and community.

He attended the The 10th Annual Caritas award ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium on Monday (3 June).

He was joined by Archbishop Bill Nolan (Glasgow), Bishop Joe Toal (Motherwell), Bishop Brian McGee (Argyll & the Isles) and Bishop Francis Dougan (Galloway) and around 1,600 pupils!

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Archbishop Cushley said: "The Caritas Awards are unique to Scotland and it’s something we should all be quietly proud of because it has contributed hundreds of thousands of hours of charity to the common good.

"I was heartened by the many young people who are coming to know and value the act of charity.

"I have no doubt that it is a commitment that they will carry forward in their own lives to better those around them and ultimately the society we live in."

The Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Awards were introduced in 2011, as part of a legacy of the UK visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

It asks young people to use their faith to inspire practical work in the Church and local community as part of their faith witness.


All images: Paul McSherry

WATCH: Corpus Christi Procession in Edinburgh

A Corpus Christi procession took place on the streets of Scotland's capital today (Sunday 2 June) as a public witness to our faith in Jesus Christ.

The procession, organised by the Archdiocese, began at St Patrick's Church in The Cowgate, before heading onto the Royal Mile, with participants singing hymns in praise of Jesus.

It followed Mass in which Archbishop Leo Cushley was the principal celebrant. Watch below or on YouTube

Archbishop Cushley said: "It's a very visible and public celebration of our Faith.

"The Corpus Christi procession is intended for the good of all the people who live here, that they may be blessed and have peace."

Catholic organisations taking part included The Sovereign Order of Malta, The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and The Knights of St Columba.

Thanks to Fr Gerard Hatton, Fr Ninian Doohan and all at St Patrick's for hosting this special event.

Other priests who concelebrated Mass were Fr Josh Moir (St Patrick's, Kilsyth), Fr James Cadman (St Mary & St David, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso) and Fr Joe McAuley (Archdiocese of Glasgow).

GALLERY: Mass for Married & Engaged Couples

Archbishop Cushley celebrated Mass for Married & Engaged Couples at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh last night (Wednesday 29 May) .

The annual event sees couples come before the Lord to reflect on the beautiful Catholic vision for marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling, and prayer for the blessing of their love.

The longest married couple attending were Margaret and Bill Mawdsley, parishioners at St John the Baptist in Corstorphine, married for 69 years (pictured to the right of Archbishop Leo).

The most recently married couple attending were Francesco and Nardina, from Italy and now resident in Edinburgh, who married just seven months ago.

Archbishop Cushley was the principal celebrant at the Mass and was joined by Fr Robert Taylor, Fr Jeremy Milne (Ss John the Baptist & Kentigern, Corstorphine), Fr Benedict Iwatt (Our Lady & St Andrews, Galashiels) and Deacon Peter Traynor.

Thanks to Fr Jeremy and members of his Marriage & Families commission for a wonderful evening, along with the Cathedral choir, volunteers and staff of Coffee Saints.




Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Dunkeld

Pope Francis had nominated Fr Andrew McKenzie as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld.

Following the sad passing of Bishop-elect Martin Chambers he will succeed Bishop Stephen Robson who was Bishop of Dunkeld from 2013 to 2022.

Fr Andrew said: “I am humbled by the trust that Pope Francis has placed in me by inviting me to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld. With faith in God’s guidance, and with some nervousness, I accepted his invitation.

"I take courage in the understanding that I will not be working alone, for each of us has a role to play in the work of evangelisation

"I look forward to getting to know the priests and people of the diocese and to join them in the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"I take courage in the understanding that I will not be working alone, for each of us has a role to play in the work of evangelisation.

"I have good memories of the diocese from a previous role as Director of Priests for Scotland when I was a regular visitor to Dundee at the invitation of Bishop Vincent Logan. I look forward to reconnecting with people and places.

"I know that this has been a difficult time for the Diocese of Dunkeld with the unexpected death of Bishop Elect Martin Chambers. We remember him and continue to pray for his eternal rest.”

Diocesan Administrator Fr Kevin Golden said: "The Diocese of Dunkeld joyfully receives the news of Fr Andrew McKenzie being nominated as the Bishop of Dunkeld by our Holy Father Pope Francis.

"The priests, deacons, religious and lay people of Dunkeld look forward to welcoming him and the leadership he will exercise as our Shepherd. We ask of the Lord many blessings for him, and we shall keep him in our prayers each day.

Welcoming the appointment of Fr. McKenzie, the administrator of his Cathedral, Archbishop Nolan of Glasgow said: "May I congratulate Fr Andrew McKenzie on his appointment as Bishop and may I also congratulate Dunkeld Diocese who now acquires a fine priest as their leader and guide.

"In his 36 years of priestly service the Archdiocese of Glasgow and the wider Church in Scotland have benefited from his talent, his commitment, his perseverance, and the high standards he has set in a variety of ministries.

"He has shown care for parishioners and care for his fellow priests, with a devotion also to the worthy celebration of liturgy and the praise and worship of God."

Archbishop Cushley welcomed the appointment, saying: "I'm very pleased that Pope Francis has appointed Canon McKenzie as the Bishop of Dunkeld, both for the people of the diocese and the wider Church in Scotland."