NEWS FROM GLASGOW FRIARY
A GROUP FROM GLASGOW TAKES PART IN WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011
In the summer of 2011 some members of our Franciscan Parish in the Gorbals area of Glasgow teamed up with some students from the University of Glasgow Catholic Chaplaincy to form a pilgrimage group which travelled to Madrid in Spain for the World Youth Day (WYD) led by Pope Benedict XVI. The "Day" lasted from 16th to 21st August 2911.
To read an account of this event click here
SUCCESSFUL NOVENA FOR ST ANTONY'S FEAST 2011
The Restored Church is the Scene of Great Devotion
This year for the first time in more than five years the throng of people from many parts who come to the Franciscan church in Ballater Street regularly to join in devotions to Saint Antony were able to prepare for the Feast on 13th June in the restored and renovated church with a Novena (nine days) preached by Fr Seamus Mulholland, O.F.M. Each evening of the nine days the crowds were huge and more than filled the church, finishing on the feast itself with the traditional blessing of the lillies.
MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AFTER THE FIRE THE CHURCH IS RE-OPENED
On 7th July 2005, the same day on which the country was shocked by the bomb attacks in London, our church of Blessed John Duns Scotus suffered a serious fire which caused extensive damage, all due to a candle left in a dangerous position before the shrine of St Antony, the object of much devotion in the church. The church remained closed since then until now, while plans were debated for its future. One plan would have seen the whole property sold and the old Franciscan church of St Francis, Cumberland Street, now a social centre, brought back into use as a church. After four years this plan was abandoned and full attention given to the rebuilding of the burnt-out church.
On the evening of Thursday, 9th September 2010, Archbishop Mario Conti was able to come and consecrate the new altar and bless the restored and refurbished church, so ending a period of more than five years when the parishioners had to do without their church. The pictures below give an idea of the restored and redesigned church and shrine of St Antony.
THE DAMAGED CHURCH AFTER THE FIRE
© Copyright 2003-2013 Friar.org