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Missions and closures


There was a time when we were urged to look with admiration and for inspiration to mission countries.  We were regaled with stories of priests travelling from station to station to say Mass.  There they would provide the church’s blessing for those marriages which had taken place and preside over those in waiting, hear confessions – with upturned bicycles to provide the necessary canonical grille with their spokes.  (We were all like that in those days) Continue reading

Which way for the church?


The editor sets the scene for the Open House conference in June which will explore some of the new directions opening up in the Catholic Church in Scotland.  The article is followed by two others which highlight, in different ways, the challenges which face the church today. Continue reading

Mapping the future in Galloway


A meeting of parish pastoral council representatives offered a snapshot of the way in which lay people are taking responsibility for the church’s life and mission in Dumfries and Galloway. Continue reading

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April/May 2019

Aug/Sept 2019


In June 2019 Open House held a conference exploring possible new directions for the Catholic Church in Scotland. See conference papers.

Open House also held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.