300th. Anniversary of the first seminary in Britain, Eilean Ban, Loch Morar
There will be an open-air Mass at St. Cumins, Morar at 1 pm on August 6th, to commemorate the founding of the first seminary to train students in secret during the the penal days in Scotland when the practice of the Catholic faith was forbidden. On the isle of Eilean Ban on Loch Morar, hidden among the trees, students were educated in English, Latin, Greek, Church history, and prepared to continue their studies at senior seminaries in Rome, France and Spain. The dedicated priests who taught on the island were responsible for assuring that Scotland continued to be served by priests to say Mass and administer the sacraments—all done in secret to a avoid detection - and prison!
Bishop Toal, and other Scottish bishops, and many priests, will be present, and also a larger number of pilgrims.