Cardinal Keith O’Brien joins Lanark parishioners at St Mary’s Church

Cardinal Keith O'Brien'St Mary's Church, Lanark opened it's door for the first time in over a year after a 6 figure renovation.  Cardinal Keith O'Brien joined  Father Joseph Brannigan and the parishoners of the church for morning mass'10/8/11'Picture by Helen Barrington
Cardinal Keith O'Brien'St Mary's Church, Lanark opened it's door for the first time in over a year after a 6 figure renovation. Cardinal Keith O'Brien joined Father Joseph Brannigan and the parishoners of the church for morning mass'10/8/11'Picture by Helen Barrington

A NEW era began in the 150 year-long history of Lanark’s St Mary’s Church with a visit to the newly refurbished chapel by Scotland’s leading Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien.

Not only did the cardinal join parishioners in the morning Mass that day but also chatted with them in the far less formal setting of breakfast at the also renovated church clubrooms.

St Mary's Church, Lanark opened it's door for the first time in over a year after a 6 figure renovation.  Cardinal Keith O'Brien joined  Father Joseph Brannigan and the parishoners of the church for morning mass'10/8/11'Picture by Helen Barrington

St Mary's Church, Lanark opened it's door for the first time in over a year after a 6 figure renovation. Cardinal Keith O'Brien joined Father Joseph Brannigan and the parishoners of the church for morning mass'10/8/11'Picture by Helen Barrington

Lanark’s parish priest, Father Joseph Brannigan, expressed his gratitude to the cardinal on behalf of his parishioners for coming to Lanark to celebrate the church’s re-opening after a lengthy facelift and he added: “I know all who attended found the experience very uplifting.”

For more photos, pick up a copy of this week’s Lanark Gazette.