Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday June 30th. 2013
I visited Sister Audrey and Sister Therese during the week to say a final goodbye to them, and they were so sad at leaving us after six happy years in the diocese. The highlight of their stay in Lochaber was the pilgrimage to Rome for the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop. We were all so happy to share that moment of glory with them at the Vatican. They asked me to give their love to all our parishioners and promised us a place in their prayers, for Roy Bridge was always very special to them. Below is a letter of thanks from the Sisters to Bishop Toal Dear Bishop Joseph, As we prepare to leave Scotland, we thank you, not only for your presence at the farewell ceilidh, but especially for your friendship and support for us during our time here.  We have truly appreciated all that you have done for us, but more particularly, who you have been for us.  Your unexpected visits to our house and phone calls have been so indicative of your great pastoral spirit which has been a hallmark of your leadership in the diocese  Thank you for everything, especially for your ready availability at all times.  We will certainly keep you in our prayers as you faithfully carry out your leadership role in the diocese of Argyll and the Isles as well as the added responsibility of the Motherwell diocese. 
Would you please pass on our gratitude and good wishes to all the priests and deacons of the diocese who have received us so graciously and supported us so generously?  When St Mary of the Cross MacKillop visited the Highlands in 1873, she wrote so often that the priests she met were always so welcoming, helpful, generous and holy.  From our experience, we can only reiterate her words.  Our experience of our priests has been one of inspiration for their commitment to their ministry, especially in the area of pastoral care of the people entrusted to them.  We have loved visiting the parishes, working with the people and enjoying the hospitality of the priests.  We pray for God’s continued blessing on each of these good men, including our deacons Stan and Martin, who work so tirelessly to bring the Gospel alive in the hearts and lives of the People of God. Our association with the women Religious in the diocese has also been so special to us. A very special thank you also to all the lay people in the diocese who have been so welcoming and kind to us wherever we went. May God bless them all, and we will take back with us so many wonderful memories of their friendship Know that Argyll and the Isles will always have a special place in our hearts and in our prayers.  As we sang at the farewell concert: “No matter how far or how wide we roam, we’ll remember Lochaber as home.” Every blessing and  our sincere thanks. Sister Audrey and Sister Therese
Farewell to Sister Therese and Sister Audrey