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Tributes to Bishop Devine

Tributes have been paid to Bishop Joseph Devine, former Bishop of Motherwell, who died on Thursday 23 May at Wishaw general Hospital, aged 81. Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop Devine’s successor as Bishop of Motherwell said: “All in the Diocese of Motherwell feel the sadness of the death of our Bishop Emeritus, Rt Rev Joseph Devine, yesterday evening. He served as Bishop of Motherwell for 30 Years, and for 6 Years before that as Auxiliary Bishop of Glasgow Archdiocese, so we acknowledge and give thanks to God for his faithful and very full ministry as a bishop and priest.” “I heard of the news of his death in Wishaw General Hospital as I was about to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, someth

Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Devine

The Mortal Remains of Bishop Emeritus Joseph Devine will be received into the Diocesan Offices in Coursington Road on Sunday 2nd June at 9.00 am to allow the faithful to pay their respects. His remains will be received into the Cathedral of Our Lady of Good Aid for the Service of Vigil and Reception that same day at 5 pm. The Requiem Mass will take place in the Cathedral on Monday 3rd June at 12 noon, with interment afterwards in the Cathedral grounds. After the interment, refreshments will be served in St Bride’s Hall.

Bishop Joseph Devine RIP

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Motherwell announces the death of Bishop Joseph Devine today in Wishaw General Hospital. Bishop Devine served as Bishop of Motherwell from 1983 until his retirement in 2013. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family, friends and the clergy of the Diocese at this time. May the Lord take the soul of his worthy servant to Himself. Requiescat in pace.

Ozanam News

Read the latest edition of Ozanam News from the Society of St Vincent de Paul

St Athanasius' Carluke

In Catholic times the original parish church of Carluke was called the "Forest  Kirk" from  its being situated in the forest of Mauldslie, one of the  royal demesnes.   According to an old rhymer it was in this building that Sir William Wallace was, in 1297, chosen Guardian of  Scotland.   It  appears that  Robert Bruce gave the Carluke church lands to the monks  of Kelso, who out  of the revenues  maintained a vicar to look after the  spiritual interests  of the people.   After 1560 when the  Catholic  Faith was banned,  the property passed to other hands. Little was known of the Catholic name in this  district during the intervening centuries  till 1845, when the  formation of  the Caledon

St Francis Xavier's Carfin

Carfin was one of the centres for catechetical instruction which the late Canon McCay established at an early period in his then extensive mission of Wishaw.   In 1862, he opened there a chapel school, in which Mass was said every Sunday at 10. The building gave accommodation for 400 worshippers on Sunday;  and for 160 scholars during the week.   Carfin remained for twelve years a station.   But in 1875 the district containing Carfin and Cleland was cut off as a separate mission.   The first priest in charge, Rev Thomas Moran, appears to have resided for a short time at Carfin, but in 1876 he transferred his residence to Cleland. A beautiful Church in the early Gothic style, designed by Mess

St Joseph's Cardowan (Stepps)

In 1874 the Rev. Michael (afterwards Canon) O'Keeffe erected at  Cardowan a Gothic church seated for 550.   The territory having this church as its centre contained twelve villages, with a Catholic population of about 1100, and till  that time had been attended from St.  Patrick's, Coatbridge.   It was opened as a separate mission on the 14th November, 1875, and was put under the charge of the Rev. Francis J. Hughes.   Fr. Hughes built  the presbytery in 1876;and on the 2nd August, 1880, he opened a day school with an attendance of about 100.   The Rev. Peter Fegan took charge in 1886, and he was succeeded in1889 by the Rev. John Dougan.   The Rev. John Black was appointed in 1893, and held

St Bride's Cambuslang

Though the present Church of St.Bride's has been established scarcely a quarter of a century, yet the district is full of associations which link it with the Ages of Faith.   And such local names as Kirkhill, Chapel-Lands and Vicarland still attest how closely the parish of Cambuslang was united with the ancient Faith of Scotland and with the venerable See  of Glasgow. At what time the district was first erected into a parish it is impossible to say, but it is certain that the parochial system had come to  be fully recognised in Scotland before the middle of the twelfth century, and there is mention of a parish priest of Drumsargard about  the  year 1170.   The  name Drumsargard is  now conf

Our Lady & St Anne's Cadzow

The mission of Cadzow was erected in July, 1883, and put under the charge of Rev.Emile De Backer.    It was made up of territory cut off from the two neighbouring missions of Hamilton and Larkhall.   Fr. De Backer built a chapel-school, which was opened on the 7th September, 1884, the sermon being preached by the present Archbishop [ Maguire].   At the time the school average attendance was 154.   The Rev. Louis Be Backer took charge in 1887, and he was succeeded in 1891 by the Rev. Thomas Kerr.   During the incumbency of the Rev. William McAvoy, who was appointed in 1895, a great development took place, as appears from the increase in the school average attendance, viz. 208 in 1896, 268 in

St Cuthbert's Burnbank

Burnbank Mission was cut off from that of Hamilton in 1893, the first resident priest being the Rev.  Peter Muller.   An acre of ground had been secured, on which were built a chapel-school and a presbytery.   The opening took place on the let October, 1893, the present Archbishop [Maguire] preaching on the occasion.   In 1900 the Rev.  Duncan Brown took charge, and owing to the increase of work he obtained an assistant in 1904.   In 1896 the school average attendance was 215, and 367 in 1906.

St Joseph's Blantyre

St.  Joseph's, Blantyre, was formed into a separate Mission in 1877.   Till that time it had been served from Hamilton, of which, like Uddingston and Cadzow, it is an offshoot.   For some considerable time prior to the opening of the present chapel-school, Mass was celebrated and Sunday School conducted in a block of houses in Dixon's Rows, the inner walls or partitions having been removed.   Such accommodation, however, proving wholly inadequate to meet the wants of the Catholic population of the district, negotiations were commenced for the purchase of a site for a more suitable huilding.   This was eventually secured, mainly through the friendly influence of the late Colonel Clarke Forest

Our Lady & St John's Blackwood

The district of the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire on the left bank of the Clyde was originally attended from Hamilton, and later from Strathaven.   In 1872 it was attached to the newly erected mission of Larkhall. The territory is an extensive one, and comprises the villages of Blackwood, Lesmahagow, Draffan, Stonehouse, Auchenheath, Netherburn and Coalburn.   In the middle of last [19th] century Catholics had began to appear in the district owing to collieries having been opened. Mass was said occasionally at Draffan, Lesmahagow and other places.   Eventually it was decided to make Blackwood the centre for the district, and a handsome church seated for 200, was built on ground close to the vill

St Bridget's Baillieston

In the middle of last [19th] century the Catholics of Baillieston at first attended Mass at St. Mary's, Glasgow, and afterwards at St.  Patrick's, Coatbridge, when the Rev.  Walter Dixon gave Sunday School in the village.    In 1857 they were attached to the mission of Eastmuir, now Shettleston.   On the 5th January, 1874, a day school was opened with an attendance of 128.   Mass was said for the first time on Christmas Day of the same year.   In September, 1876  Baillieston was erected into a separate mission, the first resident priest being the Rev. Thomas Lonergan, who was succeeded in 1878 by the Rev.  Richard Edgecome.   The Rev. Peter H.  Terken was appointed to the charge on 11th Octo

St Margaret's Airdrie

The Catholics of Airdrie and its vicinity were served by the Clergy of St.  Andrew's, Glasgow, who used to say Mass at Airdrie once a month from 1830 till 1840.   Mass was at first said in the Masons' Lodge, High Street, afterwards in a rented room in Bell Street, until a room was secured in Bride-well Lane, now Market Street.   This room was also furnished and fitted up for school purposes.   The first teacher of this school was a Mr. Delargey who was succeeded by the late Mr. James McAulay.    Shortly after the New Year,    1833, a collection for the building of a church was commenced and continued until the end of 1839.   The Church was opened in 1839. The Catholics at Airdrie were then p

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