Theatre of Faith – Stephen Callaghan

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“Working in collaboration with the well known Scottish Catholic playwright, Stephen Callaghan, the St Ninian Pastoral Institute is delighted to offer published copies of some of his plays in two volumes at a price of £20 per volume, (£35 for both). There are further special rates for buIk orders.

These unique publications will be of particular interest to Catholic High Schools, Colleges and Universities.These publications have attracted particular interest from the USA. If you would like to purchase copies for your school or drama group, please contact

For further information concerning sales please contact David Meiklejohn, Director of the St Ninian Pastoral Institute, Dundee (Tel: 0132 225453). To find out more about these and other plays, or to obtain a performance license please visit:

Dundee Premier for new Drama

Andrew Mitchell Press release

The life of a young Scottish girl, destined one day to become a Saint, is to be portrayed in a one-person drama at the St Ninian Institute, 24-28 Lawside Road, Dundee on Saturday 6th May. ‘The Story of Margaret Sinclair’, written by Stephen Callaghan, recounts the life and death of a young factory worker and trade unionists who became a nun. The play was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Glasgow’s Arts Project and was premiered to great acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Margaret, daughter of dustman Andrew Sinclair, and one of a family of six, lived only 25 years, dying in 1925. She was declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church in 1978 and her cause for beatification and canonisation continues today. On his visit to Scotland in 1982 Pope John Paul II said: “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.”

The part of Margaret in the play will be taken by local Dundee girl, Rachel Murray, a parishioner at the city’s St Pius X church. Rachel is one of ten brothers and sisters and has worked abroad in the Philippines and in London but has now returned to her native city.

Rachel represented Dunkeld Diocese when she attended the World Youth Day in Krakow last summer. During her time in Poland she visited the home of Pope John Paul II. Said Rachel, “He was a great actor, playwright, poet and theologian and Pope and now Saint who had a huge heart for young people, has a special place in my heart.”

Stephen Callaghan has written a series of dramas, based on scripture stories, which have been published by Dundee’s St Ninian Institute. Director at St Ninian’s, Mr David Meiklejohn said, “These unique publications are of particular interest to high schools, colleges and universities. Further details are available from”

The drama, is being presented in association with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh – and tickets (£7 adults; £5 concessions) are available at the door, or by calling 01382 225453.

This event is one a series of arts events at the St Ninian Institute which also includes an exhibition, 3-17th June, of Celtic and Pictish Art by Blairgowrie artist, Larry Scrimgeour.

Andrew Brookes OP – talk on Our Lady

Andrew Mitchell Press release

On Tuesday 14th March, St Ninian’s Institute, Dundee, welcomed back a son of the Diocese, Dominican friar Andrew Brookes to present an evening of reflection on Our Lady. Andrew, for a number of years a resident of Dundee and RE teacher at Lawside Academy, and whose parents live in Crieff, led a group from several parishes across the diocese, in a Bible based look at the life and faith of Mary.

Starting with Luke’s account of the annunciation and visitation, we looked at the grace-filled, God-fearing, discerning and wise response of Mary and how she is told her child is Divine. Her call to be the Ark of the Covenant was examined in this scene and the Visitation to Elisabeth that followed. The new revelation received through Simeon was examined and then the challenging scene when Jesus remained in the temple, aged 12. John’s presentation of Mary at Cana and then the foot of the Cross were examined to show Mary as a spiritual mother and a correction and fulfilment of Eve.

The presentation was accompanied by a selection of religious art included some new images produced by local Catholic artist, Janet Melrose. Andrew and Janet are working together to produce new religious meditations and accompanying new art for the decades of the Rosary.

Overall, Mary was presented as a devout Jewish woman, who was graced to believe in the Incarnation as it unfolded, and who kept faith in God and remained true to her Son through the surprising way he fulfilled God’s plans for his people. In discussion, participants noted and were grateful for new insights into familiar Scriptures and for a deeper and better grounded and fuller sense of Mary, specifically her humanity and Jewishness, the extraordinary grace given to her, her initial but also growing faith, the challenges she faced and the sufferings she endured and her radical faith, selfless generosity and courage throughout her life. People commented on the accessibility and clarity of the presentation and were grateful for a deepened appreciation of Mary, a foundation for a renewal of dedication and devotion to her.

Andrew has been invited back to lead a whole day on the theme of Mary at St Ninian’s Institute on Saturday October 28th 2017. Booking now available. Tel: 01382 225453

Teacher Talks cancelled

Andrew Mitchell Press release

The talks for Catholic Teachers, on 2nd March in Dundee and 15th March in Perth on the subject of God’s Loving Plan have been cancelled.

Schools are asked to contact Mary O’Duffin, Pastoral Education Development Co-ordinator, for further updates.

Thank you for your interest.

Art Exhibition

Andrew Mitchell Press release

The St Ninian Institute is hosting an Art Exhibition, with works by Dundee Artist and Musician Maggie T Ferrie, from Monday 20th February until Saturday 25th February.

Maggie is lead singer in the Swizzle Sisters and a former pupil of Lawside Academy in Dundee and is excited by the opportunity to be presenting her work in the building which was her old school.

One of the first enthusiasts attending was Bishop Vincent Logan, former Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld.

The St Ninian Institute is used for a number of arts-based events including performances by choirs and staged productions of professional plays.

Open from 2-4pm each day at the St Ninian Institute, 24-28 Lawside Road, Dundee, admission is free.

Afternoon for Life

Andrew Mitchell Courses

Saturday 25th February 2017



Dermot Graham – Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries –
Population and Development.

Emmet Dooley – Director of Education and Outreach, SPUC Scotland –
Proposing the pro-life message in today’s culture.

Sr Andrea – Cardinal Winning pro-life initiative – how to help post-abortive

Patricia Dowey – 40 Days for Life Dundee coordinator – praying for pro-life.

Time with Mary – Mother of Christ

Andrew Mitchell Courses

10am – Mass
11am – Tea and Coffee
11.30-12.30 – Talk on Mary

12.30-13.30 Lunch

1.30-3pm – Free Time/Adoration
3-3.30pm – Rosary and dedication to Our Lady
3.30pm – Benediction

Day Retreat Day
– cost £20 each

Call (01382) 225453
to book a place today

Coming events

Andrew Mitchell Courses

Tuesday 24 October, 4.30-6.30pm

The Vocation of the Catholic Teacher

Margaret McFarlane will explore the vocation of the Catholic Teacher providing an update on the implementation and good practice relating to ‘This is Our Faith’.

Wednesday 26 October, 7-8.30pm

Introduction to Other World Religions

Following an earlier presentation on Islam, Harry Schnitker will now explore other world religions, comparing and contrasting those with Catholicism. This should be of particular interest to Generalist and specialist RE Teachers as well as Senior Secondary School students.

Both talks are being given in the St Ninian Pastoral Centre, 24-28 Lawside Road, Dundee, DD3 6XY

Talk postponed

Andrew Mitchell Press release

Please note that Bishop John’s talk on Thursday 6th October has been postponed until a later date.