20th Anniversary of Catholic House of Prayer

The Isle of Iona was bathed in glorious sunshine on 26 April 2017 for the 20th Birthday Celebrations of the Catholic House of Prayer, Cnoc a’ Chalmain.


Congregation of guests and islanders at Mass in Iona Abbey
Bishop of Argyll & the Isles Brian McGee, Fr. Michael Hickey (Patron), Neil MacInnes (Trustee)













In his homily Bishop Brian emphasised the importance of Iona in Scotland’s Christian story and paid tribute to all who had worked so hard to create a place of Eucharistic prayer on the island, especially Mary Burn Murdoch and The Hon. Frances Shand- Kydd, both now deceased.

Mary Burn Murdoch with Sr. Jean after receiving the Benemerenti Medal from Bishop Joseph Toal.


The first trustees: Mary Burn Murdoch, Catriona Allen (1st Warden) now Sr. Mary Colmcille, Frances Shand Kydd and Charles Hughes with Cardinal O’Brien at the opening of the House of Prayer.
The Hon. Frances Shand Kydd


Martyrs Bay Restaurant was the venue for a wonderful anniversary lunch.


Sr. Jean lived up to her reputation as a world class baker with a special birthday cake.











House of Prayer Warden, Sr. Jean Lawson RSCJ with Bishop Brian and Calum MacFarlane-Barrow of Craig Lodge


Trustees Mary Margaret Wilson, Neil MacInnes, Anne Wilson, Kathleen Hughes (Chair of Trustees), and Gerard Dunn with Warden Sr. Jean Lawson












Sr. Jean with housekeeping assistant Jos