"Cnoc a' Chalmain" is the trading address of The Colmcille Trust, a charity registered in Scotland under registration number SC018882.
Registered Office: House of Prayer, Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SP.

The purpose of the Trust, founded in July 1991, is to further the cause of Christian Unity through the development and establishment of a permanent Roman Catholic presence on the Isle of Iona, Argyll.

Click for a full history of the foundation of the Trust and the building of Cnoc a' Chalmain.

The Trustees

Mr Neil MacInnes

Isle of Mull

Mrs Anne Wilson, B.A., LLB. Hons.

Isle of Mull

Miss Mary Margaret Wilson, Dip.Ed. D.L.D


Mrs Kathleen Hughes, B.A., Dip.Ed. (Chair)

West Sussex

Mr Gerry Dunn


Mrs Judith Spellman from Lochdon on Mull was appointed as a fifth Trustee in January 2002. In 2004 Mr Callum Kennedy retired and the Trust suffered the sad loss of The Hon. Frances Shand-Kydd, who did so much to establish the House of Prayer. Please pray for the repose of her soul.

Mr Neil MacInnes and Mrs Anne Wilson of Mull and Mrs Kathleen Hughes of Chichester were appointed as Trustees in 2004.

In 2007 Charles Hughes and Judith Spellman retired from the Trust. Miss Mary Margaret Wilson of Dundee and Ms Philippa Whitford from Troon were appointed as Trustees.

It was with real sadness that the Board of Trustees also said goodbye to Mary Burn-Murdoch when she retired in April 2007. Mary was the lady who had the original vision for the House of Prayer, overseeing its foundation and continuing to give inspiration to those who worked for the Trust. She was a quiet, warm, modest person but who had tremendous drive and enthusiasm. An accomplished artist, Mary left a legacy to the house in a visual sense with her paintings, some of which adorn the walls but she also left the sense of her spirit and faith which continues to be a motivation for those who carry on her work. Mary died in Edinburgh on 29th April 2012 and a tribute to her appears on the News page.

On the retirement of Philippa Whitford, Lord James Gordon of Strathblane joined the Board of Trustees and was subsequently succeeded by Gerard Dunn in 2016.


The Right Reverend Brian McGee, Episcopal Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
Charles R Hughes, B.Arch(Hons) MSc RIBA
Reverend Father Michael Hickey, B.A.
Reverend Father Christopher O'Brien OSM
Lord James Gordon of Strathblane

The Present Warden

The present warden is Joss Brace, assisted by Jann Simpson. Joss has lived on Iona for over 20 years and has worked at the House of Prayer for the past 15 years as assistant to Sr Jean Lawson.


If you would like to make a donation towards the maintenance and continuing work of Cnoc a' Chalmain, please contact the Warden by phone on +44  (0)1681 700369, or via our Contact Form.

UK Taxpayers only: to enable the Trust to recover the tax paid on your donation,
click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration form.
The form should be completed and sent to the Warden.

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