Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage 2017

MARGARET SINCLAIR PILGRIMAGE 2017: The annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Venerable Margaret Sinclair to pray for her beatification will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 17 September at St Patrick’s in Edinburgh’s Cowgate. 

A Holy Hour at 2pm will be followed by Holy Mass at 4.30pm. The principal celebrant will be Archbishop Cushley. The guest homilist will be the Redeptorist Father Richard Reid CSsR of St Mary’s in Clapham, London, but previously of St Patrick’s. All are very welcome.

The Venerable Margaret Sinclair was born in Cowgate in Edinburgh’s Old Town in 1900, one of six children who grew up in poverty in a two-room basement. Her father was dustman and she left school at 14. She worked as a French polisher, then in a biscuit factory and became a trade union activist.

In 1923 Margaret entered a convent of the Order of Poor Clares in London, becoming Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds, where she helped the poor before dying of tuberculosis in 1925. She was declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church in 1978 – two steps away from sainthood.

During his time 1982 visit to Scotland, Pope St John Paul II stated that “Margaret could well be described as one of God’s little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched by God with the strength of real holiness of life, whether as a child, a young woman, an apprentice, a factory worker, a member of a trade union or a professed sister of religion”.