The 1st Vespers of St John Ogilvie takes place in St Aloysius, Garnethill, on Friday 9th March at 7.30.
Archbishop Mario Conti will preside and the music will be led by the St Mungo Singers.
All are welcome

The Ogilvie Vespers 2011

In the past year or so we have marked some very significant events in our history – including the 450th anniversary of the Scots Reformation Parliament and the 4th centenary of the King James Bible. This year the city of Glasgow celebrates the 14th centenary of St Mungo and the origins of Glasgow, and the next event in the St Mungo celebrations will be a Civic Dinner hosted by the Lord Provost.

We take great pride in our history, and this week the Catholic Church in Scotland marks the feast of St John Ogilvie,
Glasgow’s ‘other’ saint’ and one of the many great heroes who have studded our national history.

St Aloysius’ parish in Glasgow is served by the Jesuits and it marks the feast this week with a Vespers of St
John led by Archbishop Mario Conti and the St Mungo Singers. In the attached soundfile below, Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick asks Fr Peter Griffiths, the parish priest at St Aloysius, about the celebration there to mark the feast – primarily a lunch-time Mass and Vespers on the vigil. Stephen Callaghan is the Director of the Archdiocesan Arts Initiative and the author of a new play on St John Ogilvie which will be premiered on Saturday 10th March in the University of Glasgow Chapel. The play will be performed 11 times. Stephen explains how he was motivated to write his play. Maureen Coyle is a Notre Dame Sister who enjoys being a parishioner at the parish of St Jude and St John Ogilvie, and she talks about the parish’s Novena and celebrations in honour of St John Ogilvie. Noel Donnelly is a musician and Biblical scholar who wrote a hymn for the children to help them understand what he was all about. The hymn will be sung at the Ogilvie Vespers at 7.30 on Friday 9th March in St Aloysius Church.


The Vespers leaflet and the soundfile of the interviews can be accessed by clicking below.

leaflet / soundfile