BY Martin Dunlop | July 19 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Franciscan saint’s relic in Scotland

— St Anthony of Padua relic is coming to country in October

A relic of one of the most revered saints in the Catholic Church will visit Scotland later this year.

Glasgow and Aberdeen will host a relic of St Anthony of Padua, which is coming to the UK later this year as part of events marking the 750th anniversary of the discovery of the saint’s remains by St Bonaventure in 1263.

The 13th-century St Anthony of Padua is the much-loved patron saint of lost things. St Francis of Assisi chose him to teach theology to members of his new Franciscan order and he is a Doctor of the Church.

Fr Mario Conte, international editor of The Messenger of St Anthony magazine, will bring the relics from St Anthony’s Basilica in Padua to Ireland from October 17-25 and then to Scotland and England from October 26-November 3.

The visit plans to involve all members of the Franciscan family, OFM Conventual, OFM, Capuchins and the Poor Clares.

Fr Edmund Highton OFM, parish priest at the Franciscan-run Blessed John Duns Scotus Church in Glasgow, said that the relic is due to arrive at his parish on October 26, before traveling to Aberdeen. He said there was much excitement within the parish when the news was announced and noted that that he and his fellow priests hope to celebrate three Masses on the day the relic visits Blessed John Duns Scotus.

“We have our St Anthony’s Novena every Tuesday here, so when I told the parishioners about the visit of the relic they were delighted,” Fr Highton said.

The relic will spend the following day at St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, where it will be on display for public veneration.

Fr Keith Herrera, St Mary’s Cathedral administrator, said he was ‘very pleased’ to be asked to host the relics in the diocese.

St Anthony’s relics visited New York in February, California in April this year and Chicago, Canada and South Australia in June. St Anthony’s most famous relic, his tongue, which was found incorrupt when his grave was opened in 1263, 32 years after his death, is too fragile to leave the basilica, Fr Conte has said. He will instead bring a statue holding a reliquary containing some of the saint’s skin to the UK.




—This story was published in full in the July 19 print edition of the SCO, available in parishes.


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