Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage 2017

VENERABLE MARGARET SINCLAIR PILGRIMAGE 2017: Hundreds of pilgrims from across Scotland descended upon Edinburgh Sunday 17 September to pray for the beatification of Venerable Margaret Sinclair (1900-1925) at St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate, her home parish and final resting place.

“We are here today to remember our dear Margaret, to remember Sister Mary Frances of the Five Wounds, we’re here today to bring our petitions to this shrine and we’re all here today to realise and celebrate the fact that we are not on our own – all of us belong to the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church,” said homilist Fr Richard Reid CSsR, a London-based Redemptorist priest who previously served the parish of St Patrick’s 2001-08.

“Let us never forget the one reason why we are all attracted to Venerable Margaret Sinclair; Margaret Sinclair had Jesus, her loving Lord and Saviour, at the heart of her existence, in her family home, in her work place, in her personal relationships, in her religious life, when she was sick, and when she was dying, Jesus was most certainly there.”

Fr Reid was one of eleven priests – drawn from Scotland’s eight dioceses and beyond – who concelebrated Holy Mass with Archbishop Leo Cushley.

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.

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