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Archbishop says goodbye to Fathers as Religious gather for special Mass

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh paid tribute to a religious community who are set to leave the archdiocese during Edinburgh’s Annual Day for Religious.

On Friday January 31, members of the Augustinian community joined other religious brothers and sisters from the archdiocese at St Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre for the special Mass.

In his homily, Archbishop Cushley said: “Not so long ago, a small community of Augustinians joined the diocese in a pastoral capacity and went to work in Sighthill.

“It was a wonderful community that they nourished by the preaching of the Gospel there for this last generation.

“They also worked in Heriot-Watt University as chaplains, and I saw for myself the exceptional work done there, on the subject on Faith and science.”

 

Tributes

The Augustinians recently announced they would be leaving the archdiocese. Archbishop Cushley paid tribute to the community, staying they would be ‘missed.’

He said: “Now however, due to their own internal circumstances, the Augustinains told me recently of their decision to withdraw from the archdiocese, and we will be the poorer for their absence, both as a body of men and as individuals.

“I know how much they have been appreciated and I can sense already that they will be missed.”

The archbishop thanked the community for all they have brought to St Andrews & Edinburgh as they prepare to leave their posts.

He said: “My dear Augustinian fathers, a very sincere thank you to you for all you have done here by your presence, your lives and your teaching among us. May God bless you on your way.

 

Odor Christi

“And, my dear friends, for all of us, let us take to heart this lovely parting thought of St Augustine’s Rule: let us all put aside the glamour of what the world thinks beautiful and renew instead out love of spiritual beauty; let our lives give forth that bonus odor Christi, that ‘good odor of Christ’ through our constant, joyful commitment to Christ; and let us do so, not as slaves, but as women and men, with our different charisms, living in freedom, and always under grace.’”

The Day for Religious also featured a talk from Sr Mirjam Hugens, the archdiocesan director for Religious Vocations, who spoke of initiatives she has conducted to encourage more vocations in religious life.

The initiatives include collaboration with Fr Andrew Garden, vocations director for St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese, to begin a monthly Mass for Vocations.

The pair have also been encouraging the laity to pray for more young people to answer God’s call to serve in both the priesthood and religious life.

Fr Jamie Boyle, Vicar Episcopal for Clergy and Religious, said: “This annual event is a great way to bring together all our religious brothers and sisters to pray and enjoy a special day.”

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