The heartstone pilgrimage


Pilgrimage seems to be the thing at the moment.  Not only the phenomenal popularity of all the various branches of the Camino to Compostela, but also near home, revivals of old pilgrimages such as to Whithorn and St Andrews and the creation of new ones such as the St Cuthbert’s and the St Oswald’s Ways, both of which I have enjoyed walking.  The present piece, however, is about making a walk I do several times a week into something meaningful enough to be called a pilgrimage, and, I hope, may encourage others to do similarly with their favourite walks. Continue reading

Lough Derg


For over 1500 years pilgrims have travelled from near and far to the shores of Lough Derg in Donegal, where they have awaited transportation by boat to what has often been described as one of the most arduous pilgrimages in Christendom.  The Lough Derg Pilgrimage lasts for three full days and in that time people are pushed to their physical and mental limits.  Pilgrims are expected to fast for three days, surviving on black tea or coffee and toast, and during this time maintain a vigil of prayer. Continue reading

Feb/Mar 2020

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.