Chaplaincy Update

Categories: School News

Father William McMahon joined the community of St Ninian’s High School as school Chaplain in 2005. He quickly settled into our school community and through his enthusiasm and dedication, Father built up an excellent rapport with all the pupils as well as staff.

He was always there to help anyone whenever they needed advice in both spiritual and personal matters. Fr. McMahon’s success in the role of chaplain was evidenced by the increase in the number of pupils attending daily mass.

Even on his days off, Father would sometimes be found in St Ninian’s chatting away to pupils and taking part in the school’s life. Out of school he accompanied pupils to New York, Whithorn and M&Ds in a bid to show support to both pupils and staff.

All members of the school, both pupils and staff were saddened in June when Father revealed the news that he would be leaving our school and be moving on to the parish of St. Anne’s, in Dennistoun.

The family unit of St Ninian’s High School will continue to observe the community spirit which he has instilled within it and although he leaves a gap here in the school, there won’t be any shortage of memories.

Following the departure of Father McMahon we have seen the arrival of Father Ross Campbell who celebrates mass with us two days of the week. We are also joined by Father Stephen Hannah who is in the school once a week and Father Paul Friel who joins us on a Friday to celebrate mass.

Mr. McLaughlin, Head Teacher said: “We are extremely grateful to Fr. McMahon for the excellent service he gave to St. Ninian’s during his time as chaplain here and we wish him well in his new post. We are delighted that the chaplaincy to the school will now be provided from the parish of Holy Family and St. Ninian’s in the form of Fr. Hannah and Fr. Campbell. We also express our thanks to Fr. Friel of Holy Cross Parish in Croy for his help.

We look forward to working closely with them as we continue our mission as a Catholic school.”

Fr. Ross Campbell came to the city of Glasgow to study at the University of Glasgow and it was during his second year of studies that he felt he had a vocation to the priesthood. He finished his degree and after graduating he spent a year working while he began his application process, culminating in approval to begin his studies at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. Fr. Ross was ordained on the 3rd of July this year, on the feast of St. Thomas, in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Abercromby Street and so refers to himself as a “baby” priest.

He has already formed bonds with a number of staff and pupils and he hopes by visiting the school, two days a week, he can strengthen the rapport he already has and develop new relationships within the whole school community.

We at St. Ninian’s are extremely lucky to have such a strong link with our local parishes and these links only help to strengthen and develop the Catholic Ethos which exists within our school.