Love Lent 2018

LOVE LENT: Archbishop Leo Cushley chose St Valentine's Day to invite the young people of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh to fall in love with…Lent. “I was delighted to be approached by a group of young adults from across the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh who asked for help in understanding Lent more fully and advice on how to live it better – the result is Love Lent, a series of three talks delivered by me and culminating in a gathering on Palm Sunday in Edinburgh,” said Archbishop Cushley, 14 February, which is also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. 

The talks will take place at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh on three Friday evenings in Lent: 23 February, 9 March and 23 March. Each begins at 7pm. Then at 2pm on 25 March, the young people of the Archdiocese are invited to gather at St Margaret’s Chapel, Gillis Centre, Edinburgh to celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. All events are open to anybody between the ages of 16 and 35. Joining the Archbishop to launch the Love Lent initiative were four young Edinburgh Catholics: 25-year-old Quinn Kolar, 23-year-old John Kennedy, 29-year-old Victoria Stephen and 30-year-old Mark Hamid.

“Archbishop Cushley delivered a similar series of talks during Advent last year – they were fantastic,” said Victoria, “I’m certainly looking forward to these Love Lent talks and, especially, to meeting and welcoming lots more young Catholics from across the Archdiocese.”

Meanwhile Mark said, “It’s great that Archbishop Cushley is taking such a direct interest in meeting, teaching and getting to know the young Catholics of the Archdiocese, helping us to love Lent and live it better as we make our Lenten pilgrimage of prayer, penance and alms giving towards Our Risen Lord at Easter.”