In early March the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland marked the feast of St John Ogilvie, Glasgow’s ‘other’ saint’ and one of the many great heroes who have studded our national history.


'The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie' by Peter Howson

St Aloysius’ parish in Glasgow is served by the Jesuits and it marked the feast with a Vespers of St John led by Archbishop Mario Conti and the St Mungo Singers.

In a series of interviews (link below) Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick spoke to …

  • Fr Peter Griffiths, the parish priest at St Aloysius,  about the celebration there to mark the feast – primarily a lunch-time Mass and Vespers on the vigil.
  • Stephen Callaghan, Director of the Archdiocesan Arts Initiative and the author of a new play on St John Ogilvie premiered on 10th March in the University of Glasgow Chapel.  Stephen explained how he was motivated to write his play.
  • Maureen Coyle, a Notre Dame Sister who enjoys being a parishioner at the parish of St Jude and St John Ogilvie, who she talked about the parish’s Novena and celebrations in honour of St John Ogilvie.
  • Noel Donnelly, a musician and Biblical scholar who wrote a hymn for the children to help them understand what St John Ogilvie was all about.

A Vespers leaflet and a soundfile containing the interviews can be accessed  at the St Mungo Singers website.