The Bishops of Scotland have nominated Fr Thomas Kilbride of the Archdiocese of Glasgow to succeed Fr Charles O’Farrell as the Rector of the College. Fr Kilbride has been until now Parish Priest of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow and has served for a number of years as Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese. He was at one time an extra-mural lecturer in New Testament at Scotus College until its closure and has been part of a national task-group on Ongoing Formation of Priests under the aegis of Priests for Scotland. Indeed, in that area, Fr Kilbride has both delivered and participated in a number of ongoing formation courses for priests here in Salamanca over the years as well as offering a part of the ‘Propaedeutic’ period for new seminarians on a couple of occasions. The announcement of his appointment coincided with the announcement by the Bishops of their desire to restore to the College a major facet of its original purpose – the training of priests to serve in Scotland – via the creation of a “pre-seminary” or “propaedeutic” course for those preparing to enter major seminary formation. This will take the form of a six-month period of formation, from January to June each year, beginning in January 2016. Please pray for the success of this initiative and for vocations to the priesthood.
Fr Charlie O’Farrell, who has been Rector since January 2009, is due to return to his home diocese of Motherwell to resume parish life. He has become well-known to many in Scotland as the welcoming face of the College during his tenure, and has ensured that the College has a high and positive profile among Scotland’s Catholic communities, for which the College will be ever indebted.