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Fr. Hilary

Welcome to Our Parish

Our parish is situated in the West of Scotland, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell, and serves around 2000 souls in the town.

The parish has celebrated its half-century, the first parish priest having been appointed in February 1960. Our parish boundaries coincide with those of St Mark’s Church of Scotland parish, and over the years we have developed a friendship with St Mark’s, holding regular church services and occasional social gathering with the two parish communities.

The parish began celebrations for it's 50th anniversary in August 2010 and continued throughout the year until the following August.

A Warm Welcome for Fr. Hilary

Fr. Hilary Ogonna Nwainya is a priest of Abakaliki Diocese in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Best known as "The Happy Singing Priest", Hilary was born on September 9, 1981 and ordained a priest on July 2, 2011. He just concluded his postgraduate studies in Maynooth, Ireland and is looking forward to his doctoral studies in Boston College starting from August 2018. He has been supplying in our parish since 2016.


O loving God, who called your servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and gave him the gifts of gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant that we, following his example, may use what you have given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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