May 2021

Jane Kindlen

We have welcomed a new staff member Jane Kindlen, who will be Chaplain and resident staff member. Mrs Joss Brace continues to be Warden in charge of running the house.



Sunday 12th July 2020

Michael Hedley R.I.P.

So soon after the death of Father Michael, I am afraid I have more sad news. Michael Hedley died suddenly at the House of Prayer on Saturday morning, 11th July. Many of you will have shared the House with Michael and his wife, Hilda, who have been regular visiting chaplains. You will have experienced their thoughtful and inspiring liturgies and services, as well as having enjoyed their company. Michael, a prayerful, kind, and caring man will be greatly missed. I’m sure you will join us in praying for the repose of his soul and in lifting up to the Lord, Hilda, and all their family.

Kathleen Hughes

Chair of the Colmcille Trust



Thursday 2nd July 2020

Father Michael Hickey

Father MichaelFr. Michael on the Oban-Craignure ferry

It is with deep sadness that I must tell you of the sudden death of Father Michael Hickey at his home, St Cuthbert’s, North Shields on 1st July.

Father Michael, a longstanding and dedicated Patron of the House of Prayer, was active in his support of our work. Indeed, he greatly contributed to the House, often travelling north at short notice to supply for us. Many of you will have experienced his thoughtful and inspiring homilies, his generosity in making himself available for private chats, his approachable manner, his gentle humour, his humility, his love. For Fr Michael was a man of love. He preached it. He shared it. He lived it. It is with love that we, at the House of Prayer, shall remember him. I feel privileged to have had Fr Michael in my life as a friend for a number of years. He will be truly missed by so many people. Fr Michael, rest in peace.

Kathleen Hughes

Chair of the Colmcille Trust



Catriona Allan

The former Warden of the House of Prayer, Catriona Allan, entered the Community of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus under the Rule of St Benedict at Tyburn in London in December 2002. She made her first profession on 25th June 2005 as Sister Mary Colmcille. She later moved to Rome and spent two years with four other Sisters at Monastero Madonna dell'Eucaristia, a new community house on the Via Aurelia near the Vatican. She returned to Scotland in December 2008 and after a few weeks with the community of Tyburn Sisters at the Benedictine convent in Largs, Ayrshire, returned to Tyburn, where she made her final monastic profession on 10th March 2009, supported by members of her family, Sister Jean and other friends from Iona. In the summer of 2009 she moved back to the convent in Largs.