Around the Diocese

Stories and pictures from around the diocese.


Lochyside School celebrates 50 years

  • 18-09-2014

Pupils and staff of Lochyside RC Primary School, Caol, share the story of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Next year Lochyside and Fort William RC Primary School (St. Mary’s) will come together in a new Catholic school to be called St. Columba’s RC Primary School.  May all staff and pupils be under the protection and guidance of the patron of our Diocese.

Presentation to Bishop Toal

  • 07-09-2014
  Bishop Joseph Toal returned to his former Diocese of Argyll and the Isles on Thursday 4 September for a Thanksgiving Mass in St. Columba’s Cathedral, celebrated in gratitude for his pastoral care of the Diocese from 2008 to 2014.     At the end...

Eilean Ban 300th Anniversary Celebration

  • 06-09-2014
The Solemnity of the Transfiguration of the Lord, 6 August 2014 was the date chosen to mark the 300th Anniversary of the opening of Eilean Ban, the first seminary on Scottish and British soil.     Eilean Ban in Loch Morar was chosen because it en...

Diaconate Ordination

  • 14-08-2014

Thomas Wynne was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in St Mary’s, Fort William, on Monday 9th June, the Feast of St Columba, by Bishop Joseph Toal.

Preparing for New Catholic School for Caol and Fort William

  • 29-06-2014

Pupils cut the sod for their new school.

New Diocesan Youth Initiative

  • 07-04-2014
  Pupils of Lochyside RC Primary School, Caol   The Argyll & the Isles Diocesan Youth Office have just completed a first round of visits to primary schools in the diocese. This is part of their new initiative to work with P6 & P7 pupils t...

Ordination of Rev. Stanislaw Pamula

  • 05-01-2014
    On 5 December 2013 Rev. Stanislaw Jan Pamula was ordained to the priesthood by Rt. Rev. Joseph Toal STB, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles in the Cathedral of St. Columba, Oban. Bishop Toal was joined by Archbishop Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Gr...

San Ambrosio Society Mass in Oban

  • 03-01-2014
  The San Ambrosio Society is composed mainly of priests who were trained in The Royal Scots College in Spain - some in Valladolid (until 1988) and others in Salamanca since. All former students of the college, ordained or unordained are welcome t...

Confirmations in Oban

  • 04-12-2013
  On Saturday 30 November young parishioners from Oban, Taynuilt and Lochgilphead received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Columba’s Cathedral. Bishop Joseph Toal administered the Sacrament during a Mass concelebrated by the Bishop, Mgr. Jame...

Bishop Toal's visit to Kells

  • 12-10-2013
    At the invitation of Bishop Michael Smith of Diocese of Meath and Fr John Byrne, Parish Priest of Kells, Bishop Toal spent the weekend of Sunday 29th September in Kells. His visit coincided with that of Duncan MacIntyre of Argyll and Bute Coun...

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