Baile Mhaodain

Ardchattan Priory


St Modans Kirk


From 1948 to the 1973 church opening there were efforts by missionary priests and lay brothers to serve the Catholics on Mull. The Redemptorist priests from Perth were based at Letterwalden, near Benderloch, and they celebrated Mass in the living rooms of the three or four Catholic families they found here. They kitted out a small green van with sleeping bags and toured the island, in their words, “looking for souls “. Their visits ceased in 1955.1


Rhugarbh church

Ardchattan church

May 25 2017 - the Gaelic liturgy is now online -

This unassuming little book is of the greatest national importance: it is the only copy in Scotland of the first book printed in Gaelic (Gaelic Liturgy; year 1567; shelfmark Dd.10.44.). After the Reformation there was a strong impetus, sponsored primarily by the Campbell Earls of Argyll, to evangelise the Highlands and Islands, where Gaelic rather than Scots was spoken. John Carswell, Bishop of the Isles, adapted John Knox’s Book of Common Order into Scottish Gaelic. It was a hugely ambitious undertaking, particularly considering it would be another two centuries before the New Testament was finally published in vernacular Gaelic.

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