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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Papa Stronsay receives the Visit of the Bishop of Aberdeen

On Monday, 23 February, 2009,
Feast of St. Peter Damian,
we celebrated the
Visit to Papa Stronsay and Stronsay
of His Lordship
The Right Reverend Peter Moran
Bishop of Aberdeen

On our way to meet Bishop Moran from the airstrip,
the island of Stronsay lies as a thin strip between sea and sky.

His Lordship met with
the Catholics of Stronsay who come to our chapel,
as well as Fr. Nicholas,
and then crossed over to Papa Stronsay.

The Bishop arrived and after greeting him and receiving his blessing
we escorted him to the Common Room where we were delighted to hear him.

Bishop Moran addressed the community
He told us of his participation in the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome
and of his visit to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
After visiting the monastery complex
His Lordship assisted at the community Particular Examen and led us in the Angelus.
After dinner he met each of us individually
before setting off again for his return flight.

The calm sea

Alas! Today the weather was so calm that the airstrip was fogged-in and landing was impossible. His Lordship was happily marooned for the night and remained with us in the informal atmosphere that unforseen events sometimes provoke. He returned to Kirkwall the following morning on the 7 a.m. 'Steamer.'
Thank you for your paternal and encouraging visit!

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