Archbishop Tartaglia thanked those who support the Pontifical Scots College, at a special Mass in Glasgow on Monday 5th September.
His Grace was the main celebrant at the Mass for family and friends in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow. He was joined by the Rector, Fr Daniel Fitzpatrick, and other priests from around Scotland. Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti also concelebrated.
During the Mass, Archbishop Tartaglia reminisced about his own days as a seminarian at the College, before turning his attention to the seminarians of today, some of whom were serving and reading at the Mass. He thanked them for their commitment to the Lord and His Church, and reminded everyone in attendance that it is important to pray for seminarians, and for an increase in vocations. “We must pray for vocations to the priesthood – not desperately, but trustingly,” His Grace remarked.
Before the end of Mass, Fr Fitzpatrick reiterated the Archbishop’s words of thanks to all in attendance. He explained that the community felt that it was only right to bring some of the 400th anniversary celebrations home to Scotland, to allow those who are unable to make the pilgrimage to Rome to join in and mark such an important event in the College’s history. He also hinted at the possibility of making the Mass for family and friends an annual event.
After Mass, all were invited into the Eyre Hall for refreshments and a chance to catch up more informally.