Bishop of Aberdeen announces historic diocesan pilgrimage to Orkney

As part of events planned by Orkney Islands Council to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, and with the support of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, the Bishop of Aberdeen, Bishop Hugh Gilbert O.S.B, has announced a unique diocesan pilgrimage to Orkney, to take place over the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. The events will culminate in a Mass in St Magnus Cathedral on Sunday 30th July at 2.30 p.m. and an itinerary of the three days is planned.

Bishop Hugh said:

“The diocese of Aberdeen is blessed to include the islands of Orkney, so rich in history and prehistory, landscape and seascape, and kindly creative folk. As Catholics we are also blessed by a culture of sanctity. We believe that the Body of Christ transcends time, and that the holy men and women of the past are still our companions today. In this coming 2017, Orkney is celebrating the 900th anniversary of its martyr for peace, Earl Magnus, a layman, a Norseman, a key figure in the Christianisation of the northern edges of Europe.”


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