Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday August 4th. 2013
Congratulations to Angus Stephenson on graduating as a veterinary surgeon
A happy St. Mary MacKillop Feast Day to Sister Diane and Sister June! We wish Sister Diane and Sister June a very happy feast day on Thursday, August 8th. I hope to call on the sisters this week to give them the good wishes of all our parishioners and also invite them to Roy Bridge parish. Sister Diane spent many years as chaplain to a children’s hospital where there were  many sad cases, and was an inspiration and source of strength to the children and their parents. Sister June did a lot of  rural missionary work in many ot the outback regions of Australia. She had a carvanette which allowed her to travel and also provided her with  living quarters and accommodation at night. They are both very  happy, cheerful and  full of fun, and will be very popular among the people of Lochaber. They are worthy successors to Sister  Audrey and Sister Therese.
Sister Diane and Sister June
It was a great occasion for our little parish at St. Finnan’s, Invergarry, when we heard recently of Angus Stephenson’s graduation as a veterinary surgeon. Angus’s parents, Chris and Joanna, own the Caledonian Hotel, which is renowned for the warmth of its welcoming family atmosphere and its superb food, produced by Joanna who is a superb chef. The family have been great supporters of St. Finnan's since I became its parish priest, and although they are also very loyal to their own chapel in Fort Augustus, the  9.15 a.m. Sunday Mass in  Invergarry is often more convenient for them during the busy holiday season.  The three children  Angus, Sophie and Tina received their first holy communion in Invergarry from Archbishop O’Brien, and we have watched them grow up with great interest, for they are very special to us: Sophie has completed a first class honours degree in Celtic Studies at Edinburh University and spent last year studying gaelic culture and the language in South Uist.  She is also a  superb traditional foot, or tap dancer, in the old original style. Tina is in the third year of her nursing studies at Edinburgh University.  One of the highlights of Christmas morning at Invergarry is the most welcome cup of hot chocolate that Chris and Joanna provided for myself, as I have three masses to say, and for all the congregation. We wish Angus every success and happiness in his career as a veterinary surgeon, and we are sure all the animals in Angus’s  clinic will be treated with great love and care.  Chris and Joanna can be very proud of their family.
The Fort Augustus Stephenson family: Joanna, Tina, Angus, Sophie and Chris