Fr Thomas Kilbride is a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
He took up his appointment in October 2014 with the task of looking after the interests of the College, and of preparing and inaugurating a new chapter in the College's history with the launch of a six-month period of preparation and study for those beginning their studies for the priesthood for the dioceses of Scotland.
Welcome to the Scots College Salamanca
The Royal Scots College in Salamanca, the Scottish Roman Catholic Seminary in Spain, has a history of almost four hundred years of training priests for the Scottish Mission. It has continued as a house of prayer and study, whose priority continues to be the formation of priests. Conferences, courses and retreats are regularly held under the auspices of 'Priests for Scotland', the agency of the Bishop's Conference of Scotland which has particular responsibilities in this area.
From January 2016, the College has been designated by the Bishops of Scotland as the location for an annual period of initial formation for those about to enter their major seminary studies and preparation for priesthood. This course, which is often referred to as a "Propaedeutic Course" sees the College return, in part at least, to its original, founding function of "the fostering of divine worship and the teaching of the holy Catholic faith [as] a Seminary or College for Scottish Seculars" (Decree of Foundation, 1627), that is, of diocesan priests for Scotland.
However, we do hope to maintain and develop the College's place at the service of Christ and his Church, as it has done over the past few years offering a place of pilgrimage, study and relaxation in the heart of Spain for all who wish to experience its spiritual atmosphere and excellent facilities, and the opportunities offered by a city of the cultural and religious significance of Salamanca.