Bellahouston and Beyond


We remember with joy the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland on September 16th 2010, the feast of Saint Ninian. Who can forget the joy of the Edinburgh crowds, the golden September sunshine over Bellahouston Park or the prayerful silence which descended on 70,000 people gathered for Mass?



But do we remember what the Holy Father said to us?

Have we forgotten the words of encouragement and challenge he spoke during his homily?



Beginning from the Anniversary of the Papal Visit and running through to summer 2012, the Archdiocese of Glasgow offers this series of presentations inspired by themes drawn from the Papal homily at Bellahouston - themes the Holy Father developed elsewhere during his visit to the United Kingdom - exploring the background to each and reflecting on their implications for us as a Church here in Scotland. How do we address - how have we addressed - the challenges laid down to us, when the Successor of Peter came to visit the spiritual children of Andrew?


The following three talks took place in September, October and November 2011 respectively.

Bellahouston: Memory and Legacy

Fr Thomas Kilbride (Director, Religious Education Department, Archdiocese of Glasgow)


"House by House, Family by Family": The Call to a New Evangelisation

Fr Thomas Kilbride


"The Bigger Picture": Pope Benedict and the Church's Educational Mission

Barbara Campbell (R.E. Adviser - Secondary; Archdiocese of Glasgow and Diocese of Motherwell)


For 2012:

"A United Witness to the Saving Truth": Ecumenical Discussion in a Time of Change

Fr Paul Milarvie (Convener, Archdiocese of Glasgow Ecumencial Commission)

Monday 20th February 7.30 - 9.00pm  repeated  Friday 24th February 1.45 - 3.00pm


"Society Today Needs Clear Voices": Church and Society

John Deighan (Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Bishops' Conference)

Thursday 1st March 1.45 - 3.00pm  repeated same day 7.30 - 9.00pm


"Put the Case": Advancing the Kingdom in a Secular Society

Fr John Keenan (Catholic Chaplain, University of Glasgow)

Thursday 8th March 1.45 - 3.00pm repeated same day  7.30 - 9.00pm


"The Church Now Belongs to You!": Encouraging New Generations

Fr David Wallace (Chaplain, Youth Pastoral Team, Archdiocese of Glasgow)

Tuesday 17th April 1.45 - 3.00pm repeated Thursday 19th April 7.30 - 9.00pm

Glasgow Arms



All talks take place in Eyre Hall

Archdiocesan Offices, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY

Contact the R.E. Department for more details: 0141 226 5898 or