St. Andrews Day was marked in the Scots College yesterday as the community welcomed guests for the feast of the college and country patron.
The community and the Jubilarians, who are celebrating 220 years of Priestly ministry between them, celebrated the Feast of St. Andrew yesterday with friends of the college from Rome. The centre point of the celebrations was Mass, led by Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
After a festal lunch prepared by the college cook and sisters – which included the cutting of a cake prepared by Sister Antionette – the Rector, Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick thanked the visitors for joining with the community to mark the special feast day in what has been a remarkable year for the college. Fr. Fitzpatrick noted especially the opportunity the Year of Mercy has given the college to welcome pilgrims from home to a “little piece of Scotland in the Eternal City”. He also highlighted the occasion the children of St. Andrew had been able to meet with a successor of his brother, Peter, when the seminarians, staff and sisters had met in a private audience with Pope Francis earlier this year to mark 400 years as a seminary.
The college Vice Rector, Fr. Gerald Sharkey, paid tribute to those involved in the organisation of the days celebrations and also spoke a few words of Italian to thank the Italian guests for their support of the college throughout the year.
Finally, before lunch finished, the Spiritual Director, Fr. Mark Cassidy, toasted the guests of honour and the traditional rendition of Ad Multos Annos was given for the four jubilarians, who this year include Monsignor Basil Canon O’Sullivan from the Diocese of Dunkeld and his fellow Diamond Jubilarian, Monsignor Dan Hart from Glasgow. Also from the Archdiocese of Glasgow and celebrating 50 years of priestly ministry is Fr. Tommy Hendry and from the Diocese of Galloway, Fr. Eamonm Flynn.
Following dinner and an opportunity to rest, the community gathered together again to close the day with veneration of the relic of St. Andrew held in the college, during Solemn Vespers led by the rector, Fr. Fitzpatrick. He reflected briefly on how the life of Andrew, through his actions in the Gospels and those in other sources can and should inspire us to bring people to Jesus.